The paintings I create exist in a fantastical world of possibility. I want these images of pigment and oil to be beautiful and emotional, full of life and imagination.
There is a narrative thread that hangs loosely enough for the viewer to grasp and enter the painting. My intent is for a dialogue to develop between the viewer and the painted world, an unspoken conversation that will last a spell.
Joe Concra is a founder of the O Positive festival. It is one thing to work alone in a studio and hope that your work connects with people. It is quite different when you work with others on a level that tries to change communities and the conversation about culture and health access in this country.