Jonathon Stangroom

I consider these paintings to be goofy drawings with serious paint.

The drawing alludes to the landscapes found in “Rocky and Bullwinkle” or “Dudley Do-Right” cartoons. With them, I strive for a kind of crude and simple elegance.

The paint handling becomes more sophisticated, incorporating techniques that bespeak pointillism with layers of transparent glazing.

Many of my paintings reference prominent figures in art history, including Georgio De Chirico, Philip Guston, Neil Jenney, Jim Nutt, Maxfield Parrish and William T. Wiley.

I also paint watercolors en plein air to further study the landscape in real time. I am currently working on a series painted on tree cross sections as commentary on our environmental practices, deforestation and land use.