"I abandoned illustrating the world in favor of following some mysterious subtext that emerges as the painting develops.  I am lead by quirky impulses to exaggerate color, or play with scale, in a way which often undermines the realism of the image, but ultimately leads to discoveries as the painting finds new improbable resolutions of form and content."  — John Tarahteeff



John Tarahteeff is known for his probing figurative paintings that infuse realism with intriguing emotional states.  His acrylic paintings use tight composition, pale lighting, and plays of scale to hint to a deep and compelling narrative that remains slightly elusive.