I try to take an elemental approach to my art; that's how I see things in my mind's eye - images devoid of detail but soaked in vivid colors. In my paintings, I place simplified but recognizable figures and other objects on a picture plane balancing the size and contour of shapes including the shapes between figures and objects. I then paint each shape with an approximation of the colors and textures I envision for the work, not necessarily the colors I observe in the objective world. Colors, contours and textures are adjusted to strike appropriate impact and harmony.  I think what emerges is an unadorned view of the world around us which gladdens the eye and stimulates the mind. 

- Joe Flaherty

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