Digger Derrick 2 by Joseph Santos, NWS

Joseph Santos
New NWS Signature Member
Buena Park, CA

Artist Statement:
Working in watermedia I focus mainly on urban and industrial objects and the effects of time and wear on these objects. Industrial machinery, neon signs, vehicles and other rusted and worn objects are some of the things I paint. Working around industrial equipment for many years I often found myself looking and searching for the abstract patterns and beauty created by the rust, dirt, steel and other weathered and decaying materials. Exploring composition, particularly shape and value, is a central focus, but I am also fascinated with the juxtaposition of rendering these sturdy urban and industrial objects with the delicate and fluid washes of watercolor and I am also driven by the idea that these structures are manifestations of nature.