Randall Stoltzfus’ work explores a meditative approach to painting, layering small hand painted circles into dynamic, luminous compositions. “I paint the circles by hand. That might seem like an odd thing to do in the information age, but I’m doing it this way on purpose,” says Stoltzfus. “I’m hoping that you’ll notice how each circle is different. And noticing this, your seeing will begin to slow.” Building continuous circular patterns with layers of oil, adding carefully selected pigments, gold leaf, and other media, his textured works produce abstract horizons and subtle forms that are equally alluring and otherworldly. Stoltzfus' works often make reference to biblical allegories, an influence of his Mennonite upbringing. He compares his methodical technique to the layering of scrim, a strong, coarse fabric, allowing the work to become a sum of its layers. The resulting rhythmic optical effect beckons viewers closer to consider these compositions with similar contemplation.