I've been a ballerina since I was seven years old. I have trained mostly in Russian Vaganova style. This type of ballet although it is very strenuous and technically challenging, it's meant to look fluid and effortless. These qualities translate into the way that I paint. My work emphasizes the tensions implicit in combining the human mind and the world it perceives. What is underneath the surface is how I see the world. I want to make visible what is invisible. I intend to narrate my feelings and thoughts through painting.
I am a fine artist that works in a variety of two dimensional mediums. I feel that every persons perspective is unique and that some people, have a gift that allows them to share their perspective with others. I do this with realistic focuses and abstract themes, and what I like to think of as whimsical flare. I grew up loving stories and fairy tales and the illustrations filling their pages. Each illustration was like a window into the world of a book and as a reader I was enchanted. As an artist, inspired.
As an observer of and a participant in the natural world, I cannot help but react with wonder, amusement, joy and curiosity to what I see and experience. These reactions compel me to paint from the heart, not with a historical or objective eye. As a result, my paintings become imagined settings, conveying feelings about a particular time and place or about the gifts of the earth. Unapologetically, I also react to places and objects through the lens of faith, a faith in a loving, actively involved creator.
~ Beauty, like truth, exists. And we, as human beings, have an almost divine capacity to recognize it. Art, for me, is an expression in paint of what my heart feels when my eyes are opened to the vast and amazing splendor of creation. In spite of the myriad struggles and changes on the path of a career artist, this one unchanging fact remains: I paint because if I didn't, my heart might explode. When a kindred spirit is touched while viewing my painting and feels that same infilling, that same indescribable longing and appreciation for our marvelous world, I consider that work a success.
M. Scott Phifer — “Unplanned Parts”
When I am painting, I am having a conversation with the canvas, paint and eventually the artwork itself. Sometimes the conversation is a short chat. Sometimes the conversation is a long drawn out affair that takes weeks. And because of that, I believe, my artwork reflects my life. There are a few overwhelming themes in my artwork, family and friends, love, angels and mothers.
I am an expressionistic abstract artist. I work intuitively with one mark leading to the next, experimenting and playing with various materials, tools, techniques and the elements of line, color, shape, space and texture paying careful attention to creating bold and dynamic compositions. Occasionally, I find myself working realistically as well. This work might be classified as being more of a blended style of impressionism and realism capturing the essence of the subject. In whatever style I find myself working in, good composition and design are very important to me.