|At first glance, a Scooter Flaherty painting appears to be a simple combination of repetitive and self-reflecting lines and blocks of color and texture. LOOK AGAIN and see eras in history on a timeline, pages in an open book, folds in a beautifully woven piece of fabric, or bands of human traits in a strand of DNA. LOOK AGAIN and see a Rothko painting rotated 90 degrees. Dissect, organize and redistribute a Pollock. Enlarge a detail from a monumental canvas by Gene Davis or Morris Louis. LOOK AGAIN more closely at the sensual textures like the creaminess of a layered caramel or butter cream frosting on a cake. See the juxtaposition of and tension between smooth layered sections and a raised grid texture, like calm lake waters and a pebbled shoreline.
“These paintings are the product of an activity in motion, transforming slowly; gathering, organizing, visualizing, and editing, in an ongoing search for beauty, within the multi-layered complexities of human emotions, relations, and interactions -- collected and sorted next to and on top of each other. They are about collision of activities going on in the background--incubated bits and pieces of thoughts and ideas, evolving from the womb of abstract expressionism. Conflicting the line between figure and ground. A touch, or thought, or feeling, captured and suspended in time. Forming an image of an emotion that surrounds and possesses.”