Jason Stopa: Interview

Jason Stopa, Nothing But Net, 2013, oil on canvas, (Brooklyn Zoo Series) (courte
Jason Stopa, Nothing But Net, 2013, oil on canvas, (Brooklyn Zoo Series) (courtesy of the artist)

Valerie Brennan interviews painter Jason Stopa about his work.

Asked about the inspiration to begin a painting, Stopa comments: "It comes from anywhere. I just pick up on things around me - the feeling of a neighbourhood, places, things or people that mean something to me. I like to let intuition guide what I'm doing. Sometimes I'll be watching a movie or I'll read a line in a book that resonates with me on a personal level. From there I kind of obsess over that thing, whatever it may be. Then I want to paint. But, the painting is always something else. The painting is about describing an abstraction - space, atmosphere and sensation."