Howard Fonda

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: Portland, OR

Thoughts on Painting

I see painting as a philosophical sanctuary and spiritual outpost.
Painting is a vehicle of contradiction adept at conveying the hubris
of, and understanding of, existence.
Painting is poetic and transcendent.
I find painting an articulate means of exposing a range of
emotion, both rational and irrational. Both rational and irrational
experience defines existence.
Genre and form are choices like any other, used to articulate a
cultural perspective and historical context.
Craft, form, and content are equivalents.
Painting relies on truth and beauty.
Judgment, itself, can be good or bad. Both “good” and “bad” can
be good or bad or both. Judgment has less to do with art than one
expects. Consideration and empathy are more useful.
Content is form. Form is content.
Art is everything and nothing. Everything is everything and
nothing. Nothing is everything and nothing.
Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is more important than knowledge.
Creating meaning and finding meaning are two different things.
I am primarily interested in finding meaning.