cognizant |ˈkägnəzənt| (also cognisant )
adjective [ predic. ] formal
having knowledge or being aware of : statesmen must be cognizant of the political boundaries within which they work
noun ( pl. -ses |-ˌsēz|)
a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else : love is the antithesis of selfishness.
The esoteric rhetoric (because some just have to hear it) -
My work and process of making it involves a state wherein mental activity is the antithesis of cognizant. Suffice it to say this is a spiritual and existential realm not bound by the laws of physics and logic. By its own definition it may not make sense but I'm intuitively attempting to record it and answer the question as to why I'm so compelled to do so. It's an exercise in understanding my being, limiting sensory input in order to amplify inward results. This combined with my (cognitive) knowledge of art, design and composition, makes a framework for presentation. With this in mind one should expect to see a myriad of collective unconscious and/or archetypal images based on my being.
non-esoteric (lay terms) -
I move paint around on a surface until I like what I see and put it on display for viewers to enjoy as they see it. There is no academic prerequisite. Glean what you will.
"There is a complex simplicity in Stan's paintings that's both paradoxical and straight forward. As he works with multiple layers of watercolor and gesso, his provocative images emerge. Ambiguity and form coalesce into a singular, cohesive vision that holds the viewer spellbound."
Betsy Dillard Stroud - Watercolor Artist Magazine Dec. 2011
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and have lived in the area all my life, except four years in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University earning a degree in History and English Lit with emphasis in the Arts. It was my aunt, an artist and art instructor, who inspired me when I had not yet started school. I have drawn and painted all my life, and live with the conviction "fear not" as I evolve in my work. My art is represented in private, public and corporate collections, and I've shown in numerous local, national and international juried exhibitions including the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, International Society of Acrylic Painters, San Diego Watercolor Society International, Arizona Watercolor Association, Arizona Artists Guild, and Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona. I'm a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and Arizona Watercolor Association. My work has been featured in American Artist Watercolor and Watercolor Artist. I enjoy teaching workshops and demonstrating my process.