Valerie Brennan interviews painter Jason Stopa about his work.
Asked about the inspiration to begin a painting, Stopa comments: "It comes from anywhere. I just pick up on things around me - the feeling of a neighbourhood, places, things or people that mean something to me. I like to let intuition guide what I'm doing. Sometimes I'll be watching a movie or I'll read a line in a book that resonates with me on a personal level. From there I kind of obsess over that thing, whatever it may be. Then I want to paint. But, the painting is always something else. The painting is about describing an abstraction - space, atmosphere and sensation."
Bradford comments that the show, featuring one work each by eight artists, is meant to "celebrate a time when painting with humanist impulses and intimacy and personal stories is very much in the air and of interest."
Kalm notes that Bradford herself, as an educator and an artist, has inspired "approach and content more interested in a painterly empathy with people than a calculated theory."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.