Using recycled, or 're-purposed' wood as his canvas, Spencer creates waves, surfers and landscapes in a totally unique style. The frames are also recycled wood. Each is built and stained to enhance the painting it surrounds.
"Back in my High School days the ocean was always something I sketched when I should have been paying attention in class, now it's the main subject in my paintings. I use old hollow core doors or recycled wood as my painting surface, focusing on bringing out the distressed areas of the wood and using them to participate in the beauty of the end piece. The colorful, clean line work in these paintings brings a refined quality to the rough surfaces. From an aesthetic standpoint, I love the relationship of raw and refined. As I continue in this process I gain more awareness of the relationship between my art and my spiritual life.
"The surfer figures usually carry a sense of graceful tension. They aren't just casual subjects in my paintings. They are participating in the moment, but also considerate of what's ahead. They hope to make the wave, never really sure how long the ride will last. These emotions carry over into how we live and go beyond the sport of surfing. In reality my paintings are telling stories about life and reflecting the varied emotions that we experience in our time here, with a veneer of waves and surfers on the surface."
"It is raw and refined. It has boundaries but cannot be tamed or contained. It gives life and can just as easily take it. Are these contradictions or just a lack of understanding on my part? Could I ever fully understand all its complexities? I love it, yet am fearful of it. When I see its power, I am shaken to my core. My knees get weak when I contemplate its beauty. It nurtures and fills me with peace. I appreciate it at its fullest when I am engulfed in it, participating in its dance and observing its glistening details. Its abundance of life goes to unknown depths and far exceeds my imagination. And it was here since the beginning. These are my thoughts when I look at the ocean."