Through my eyes, all art is an abstraction. Reality is only found in nature and the experience of our existence. My work deals with the emotional narrative of my experience using imagery based on the people, places, and events of my life. Compositions are arranged around formal elements of light, color, and shape in ways that reflect my relationship to the world and objects around us.
Figures and landscapes are often my favorite subject matter. Their presence, however, does not guarantee a clear interpretation of a scene at hand. Often times, this is left to the viewer, who has the opportunity to insert their own narrative.
My art goes beyond the literal interpretation of a work and is designed to fuel abstract thought. It is my way to help clarify the reality that is my world.
Tom Ferraro is an exhibiting artist, teaching artist, painter and cultural advocate who lives and works in Erie, Pa. He is currently the co-director of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association and is involved in many initiatives related to the arts including education and community development, including Culture Spark and Erie Vital Signs.