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Peter Lentini
Peter Lentini
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Children possess art as an intrinsic perspicacity which in most is diminished as they mature. Yet there are some who continue to hold the vision.When I attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia I majored in sculpture and even though I paint almost exclusively now some of that sense of fullness and the drama of shadow and light of the solid object still persist in my work. Over the years I have continued to manipulate materials, building furniture, objects such as spinning wheels, and traditional wooden boats, some photos of which appear on this site at the end of my gallery. The mental process of making art is similar for both sculpture and painting though the demands of craftsmanship, the interaction with tools and materials, can be more complex with the former and to some extent because of this I have always enjoyed working with the best materials, for my own pleasure and also out of my respect for those who purchase my work. With these varied and sometimes disparate experiences an approach towards making and conceiving art evolves, physically, intellectually and emotionally.There is much more making of art than practicing it, though with the making, concepts and manual skills are developed and honed, albeit more intuitively than not. The making is merely a manifestation of the seeing which is the indispensable element.Whether one wears a beret and a smock and works at an easel with the round head of a Picasso or the sharp nose of a Leonardo, or whether they build furniture, landscapes or websites, if the person sees like an artist then by simply being, they are, regardless of superfluous details.Mostly the subjects of my art need to keep my interest and hopefully, elicit an emotional response in the viewer. I strive to proceed mindfully, yet allow for exuberance and pursue innovation and development when the conditions are conducive.