Hank Pitcher: Interview

Hank Pitcher, Lincoln and Maguey, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches (courtesy
Hank Pitcher, Lincoln and Maguey, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches (courtesy the artist & Sullivan Goss Gallery)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Hank Pitcher.

Pitcher remarks: "At some point I realized, I am living in Santa Barbara, so why not work outside? Also, there is that Eugène Boudin quote:, 'Two strokes in the field are worth two weeks in the studio.' In the field I often see something I could never make up ... I always begin the paintings outdoors, but then there is some fussing that needs to happen in the studio. Sometimes, when I work on them too much in the studio, I will lose it. For me, it has always been a balance between wanting to have that experience of motion and the abstraction in the studio. When one dominates the other, it doesn’t hold up.""