Paul Fontana may have lived the first 15 years of his life in Brooklyn, New York, but he has lived the past 35 years in Cohutta, Georgia, in the northwest part of the state. Many years in between were spent in south Florida, where he graduated high school and college. A few years in the military rounded out his education and after retiring from teaching, he returned to painting.
He began with oil paint and when it looked as though everything within reach would soon be smeared with paint, he moved on to acrylics. His latest endeavor, encaustics, feels as though everything he has done has to lead to it.
“I have nothing fancy to say here; No artspeak. I paint because I love to paint. I’m inspired by Color and believe my work shows it. I began painting realistically, but did not feel the copying nature, etc. was satisfying my creative needs. Indeed, still do abstracted landscapes, in addition to my pure abstracts, but I look at nothing when I create my horizons, whether they be land or seascapes.
My theory on why I find that line between earth and sky so satisfying is that for millennia, humankind has scanned the horizon. Whether in search of food or being on the lookout for danger, believe our brains are hardwired to be looking outward as far as we can see. I hope the viewer finds them as satisfying to look at as they are to create.”