Much of Bennett Vadnais’ subject matter comes from his surroundings in Manhattan and Brooklyn. With a strong background in plein air landscape painting, Vadnais finds an interesting relationship between static forms and the elusive qualities of light and the emotions they convey. Rather than trying to capture a specific moment in time, Vadnais’ paintings have a stillness that reveals the timeless character of place. He chooses not to work from digital imagery or photography, preferring to allow the image to be filtered through direct contact with the subject and through memory. He develops his relationship with the subject by doing numerous paintings and drawings on-site. Vadnais’ primary medium is acrylic. He creates his paintings with transparent layers of color, allowing him to infuse them with a natural sense of variety and complexity.