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When I study something in nature there is a connection or understanding that I can't describe, the beauty just moves me. When I say beauty I don't mean sweet or sentimental. Nature can be quite harsh at times, but there is always balance in it, something melodic to offset the dissonance.  It's that relationship between beauty and despair, that truth, that's what moves me, that's what I'm after. Painting forces me to study and understand a thing or an idea, to spend so much time with something that I can really begin to see it, not just look at something as I’m passing by, but to really start to understand the subtleties that make each thing or situation or emotion unique. It gives me the opportunity to organize those things in context with each other to convey my thoughts and reactions to them. I am trying to create through the language of light, color and space.

I think of my work as symbolist. The subjects of my paintings usually represent something other than the objects themselves, like dreams, desires, frustrations, spirit, emotions, whatever I'm thinking about at the time. Each theme represents a different idea, so my subjects vary from one series to another. They may be still lifes or landscapes, others may be portraits and still others may be more surreal. I try to arrange the composition, the background, the quality of light, everything in a piece to try to communicate my thoughts. I know it's unlikely that a viewer will understand exactly what I'm trying to say but I hope they walk away with a sense of it, and their own interpretation of what the piece means to them.

My most recent series of still lifes represents the idea that everything is fleeting in a state of change and how we desperately try to hold on to the temporal. The simple fact that we are alive means that we will someday die. All life is temporary. I think that’s part of the reason that I paint, to somehow delay that process, to hold on a little bit longer to a moment or thing that will never exist again. There is beauty in life and despair in death and there is despair in life and beauty in death all at once.

 

BIOGRAPHY

From his earliest recollection Sean cannot remember a time when he was not drawing or painting. His interest in art only grew, as he got older. He was constantly drawing the things around him, objects and people that were close to him, a practice from which he still finds immeasurable inspiration. He found spending his time creating art and experimenting in different media gave him an outlet for self-expression. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City on scholarship. He earned a B.F.A. and graduated with the Rhodes family medal for outstanding achievement. While there he discovered a passion for painting and drawing the human form from life, which he feels is imperative to his growth as an artist. He continues this pursuit today by painting and drawing almost everyday. He works in a variety of media, although oil painting and drawing are the focus of his work 

Sean's art has been in numerous exhibits in and around the New York metropolitan area, and in Maine and New Hampshire. His works are in private collections throughout the United States. His work can be seen on book covers, in magazines, and newspapers as well as in reproductions sold worldwide. Sean has created commissions for clients such as: AT&T, The Wall Street Journal, The Turner Networks, Time Life Inc., The Village Voice, Conard Cruise lines and The School Of Visual Arts, Berkley books, Harper Collins, Random House, Ballentine and Warner Books. 

Sean teaches drawing and painting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the University of New Hampshire, Manchester and The Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Maine

He relocated to northern New England more than fifteen years ago after falling in love with the southern Maine and New Hampshire seacoast. He feels the peaceful environment brings his life and art closer to nature. He now resides in southern Maine