About The Artwork of Louis N. Pontone
For over forty years, Louis Pontone has made the American landscape and the natural world among the principal subject matter of his paintings. Whether trying to capture the sweep of a river valley or the intimate voice of a mountain stream, the artist is drawn to the possibilities that nature offers.
The strict representation of the seen world is never the goal; interpretation and self-expression point the direction the work will take. Often the first image and intent bear almost no reflection on the outcome of a finished painting. In the process, each painting takes ona life of its own. Working over the whole surface, Louis’ technique involves altering and weaving the shapes, readjusting the colors and building up the textures. This pushing and pulling of the picture plane achieves a rich and highly developed work of art. Nothing seems final, though. Each painting is extended into the next. A passage rendered in one painting is often the starting point of another.
About his paintings, the artist says: “While I aspire that these landscape paintings by lyrical and decorative, subliminally they oten carry over an indescribable ‘edge’ which is an extension of my human nature. Each painting becomes a record and reflection of my personal vision.”