Deirdre Sheean, ROOSEVELT Member Since July 2019 Artist Statement As a multi-media artist I have a large arsenal of tools at my disposal. Acrylic paint, pencil, pen and ink, scraps of paper, and stencils. The use of stencils in my paintings, however, has become a mainstay. I have found that most anything can be transformed into a stencil: drawings, images from books or magazines, found objects, etc. I love the clean, sharp shapes created by stencils against thick paint (Impasto technique) and textures. Breaking up space is often more interesting to me than the actual subject matter and I find myself frequently using systems I used as a graphic designer: 1 inch grids; the Rule of Thirds or the Golden Ratio, although, I frequently subvert or erase the system along the way, in order to arrive at more satisfying, more natural painting.