STEPHEN (ISH) FUTRAL | FIRSTHOUGHT STUDIOS
PAINTING: Watercolors, Acrylics, Encaustics, Calligraphic brushstrokes
WRITING: Newspaper Column, Memoir, Poetry
"I try to combine my formal training with the spontaneity and passion of what drives me to create. Sometimes the influences in my work are illustrated by a feeling of joie de vivre, or by my travels and the ardors of the spiritual path. There is always some struggle or tension of balancing body, speech and mind that comes through. My work is often based on “first thought” as intensity, with passionately bright colors as urgency. Spiced into this can be found a sense of humor, that at times, perceives some sort of cosmic joke.
"I usually like experimenting with technique and there tends to be a striking statement of freedom and immediacy, combined with an attention to detail that borders on compulsion. If, in the end, the viewer comes away with some sense of satisfaction, upliftedness, smile on one’s face or a negative reaction, then I hope I’ve accomplished some “meeting of the minds” by viewing my art.
"The actual creative process is very relaxing, joyful and meditative for me. There’s a one-pointedness that allows me to be fully in the moment with the process. As for the choice of Crestone for my Firsthought Studios, it was a combination of auspicious coincidence and choice that landed me here. Now that I’ve been here about 4 ½ years, the place and energy has enamored me and seduced me to feel fully sated with being here and being creative. I find the spaciousness and the resounding silence are factors in the mindfulness and awareness needed in the creative process and as much as one can and at times needs to be reclusive one can easily be as socially engaged as one likes."