Todd Starks creates paintings using a variety of visual languages to talk about emotional space, shape, color, pattern and humor.
With a painterly style, Starks carefully builds up transparent and opaque layers. Using wet into wet oil paint, acrylic paint and drawing media, he allows a visual history of mark making and process to show through. Formally, the pieces are about composition, color harmonies, shape, and texture, yet each piece reveals a sensory and spiritual connection to the natural world around him, and a dynamic interplay between emotional and rational thought.
Todd has been influenced by painters such as David Hockney (landscapes), Vincent Van Gogh, Amedeo Modigliani, Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, Mokoto Fujimura, Scott Burdick, and most of all, by God.