had to be precise, just so,” Guthrie remarks. He admits he looks back on this time of his life with disappointment, preferring he’d made art instead. By 28, he hit the refresh button and abruptly changed careers. He made his way to the East Coast to attend MassArt for painting.
A career in aerospace engineering, no doubt, did Guthrie some good. It’s easy to see that his training still comes in handy. Opening one of many drawers, he flips through several notebooks filled with sketches and works on paper. Test subjects for the master plan. Small measurements outline the frame, breaking down the space like a grid. Each line, shape and color must fit within these strict parameters. Colors come in threes with each shade an equal note from the last. On to larger sheets and works on canvas, Guthrie nurtures his image from platform to platform. As the ideas get stretched, Guthrie’s hand gets subtler. The lines are seamless. The brushwork is indeterminable.
Guthrie wields painter’s tape like a pro. Every mark must be executed with expert precision. His process
Study for Hotwax, 2014, 14” x 11” acrylic, pencil on paper
Aspect, 2014, 30” x 22” acrylic, pencil on paper