John Sandlin Gay, a self-taught artist, has a very innate sense and understanding of color and composition. Although John starts a piece without knowing where it will end up, his work results in something that is well balanced and not overworked.
He is able to achieve peaceful and powerful abstract works without bright colors or overly complicated shapes and lines. He is interested in a distressed, aged quality, and through the adding and scraping of paint from the canvas he achieves this eroded feel. The many textured brushstrokes and etched lines moving in various directions fill the work with movement, and can be evocative of many things, such as time, weather, and music.