Tina Sotis’ paintings convey a suspension in time: something is about to, or has already happened, and in doing so she allows the viewer to project his or her own inner drama into the paintings. Using her strong sensitivity to space and light, she draws on symbols, archetypes or mythological figures in stark, architectural settings to convey possibilities in an atmosphere free of distractions, releasing the viewer to enter these worlds without interruption. She has a studio at her home in Sandisfield, MA, in the Berkshire Hills.
"My first serious creative interest was black and white photography, which taught me two things: A strong sense of composition and the ability to distill my curiosity about human nature into definitive moments. I have always questioned superficial truths and am drawn to situations that depict a quiet revelation of deeper meanings. This vision is recreated in my painting with the use of minimalist architectural devices that portray a fleeting sense that some unseen drama is either about to occur or has just happened. I use strong, hidden light sources, spatial devices, and metaphors for the human presence to create an atmosphere of solitude and introspection into which the viewer can enter without interruption.
Although I have some formal education in painting techniques (i.e. the use of the materials, color and spatial relationships), my conceptual approach comes from within. For a short time after my training, I worked directly from my photographs, often painting in every detail. Now, most times I'll invent an image with only an internal concept to guide me, perhaps using only the interesting parts of a photograph for reference purposes only."
Tina Sotis Sandisfield, MA