JEROME H. DOMASK
My paintings and sculptures are intertwined with my experiences and observations from living overseers 5 plus years, extensive international travel and varied work environments crossing many disciplines, cultures and organizations. An additional 46 credits have been taken at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville from 2009 through 2017 to strengthen and embellish my undergraduate Fine Art degree (painting and sculpture). I am most thankful to Professor Louise Freshman Brown for being my primary mentor during this period.
Past work has focused on my experiences during the Vietnam War. Reflecting back 45 years has been a difficult and painful process. The creation of 34 Vietnam War multi-media paintings opened Pandora’s box to cry out; breaking down the barriers of anger and betrayal. I had returned to an America that vilified the Vietnam veteran. The war series has released me to move on with renewed vigor and enthusiasm to create work freed from the pains of the past.
The present time is a constant search for originality and a heightened understanding of my craft; to use each new creation as a stepping stone for subsequent growth in future explorations. Essential to this process is experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques while minimizing repetition. The challenge is to go where I have not ventured, to be known for one’s own work, not likened to another. The evolution of my efforts resides in the use of gestural images, the exploration of symbolism, and the pursuit of originality and spontaneity in addressing various societal, political and religious philosophies and issues. The message must be bold, vivid, fresh in content and communicated with clarity and simplicity, and often the fusing of gestural images in an abstract environment. Always striving relentlessly to push the limits in making art!