There is something transfixing about bare, partially lit tree branches. Lines appear and disappear, passing through light and shadow. They crisscross intricately and reach out wildly while being elegantly contained, forming so much motion and such perfect stillness. There is an unending mystery in these formal contradictions, and they are the same qualities that I pursue in my paintings.
I feel my way through a painting, finding clarity without following predetermined ideas. I weave lines through one another, sensing where they can and cannot go. The ground, or pale color with which I first cover the canvas, continually reemerges as an enlivened emptiness. With searching lines and transparent colors, I carve out a rhythmic network. My process is both spontaneous and carefully measured. I aim for a composition that opens and closes, rises and falls in continuous movement, yet feels balanced like the serenity of a tree.
Inspired by Zen and Eastern philosophy, Pilato creates his abstract work using many mediums, including oils and acrylics as well as inks, watercolors, and printmaking, His work can be found in collections and galleries around the country in places like Boston, Miami, and San Francisco.