“The painter, Dale Witherow, channels reality and memory distilling forms into abstractions of vital color and gesture. “ Gallery Guide
“Dale Witherow has pushed past his predilection for the landscape and created abstractions with deeply personal symbolism embedded in the forms. These works demonstrate Witherow’s love for color, design, and hidden symbolism. He has resurrected and restructured elements of his past and the subsequent imagery of memory and used these motifs as a basis for his new work. “…Seattle Stranger / September 6, 2006 / Gallery IMA, Seattle. Washington
My current work is about the energy exchange in conversations and relationships. The relationships are familial, social, literary, visual, etc…. anything that nudges a genuine emotional response. Much of my work is a map of those exchanges and the color indicates the processing. Often there are calligraphic marks in the work, which usually indicate some sound associated with the piece. I am exploring life and trying to display those explorations using all that is available to me in some beautiful and personally meaningful way.
I find that my memories present new insights according to the present life happenings and give me a great source of imagery. If it is not personal I tend to become bored with the piece and paint over it. Much of the texture and depth of the final painting rests on the previous explorations, which provide new relationships that leads to revealing the next layer.