In my paintings and painting installations, I rediscover and resurrect people I find in forgotten
photographs that I find at flea markets. This painting series references photos found on the wall of
a pizzeria of the workers after hours.
Originating in just how far I could take "fortified" paint to the point of sculpture, I now incorporate objects that imply language directly into the surface so that the paintings are a hybrid of terrain and text.
My work comprises a visual diary, where each instant is isolated as a fragment of a larger
and often unresolved narrative. My process seeks to explore those instances when we feel as if we
are mere observers to our own circumstance.
I am a photographer, seeking inspiration from surrealism to film noir, producing artwork that
focuses on lighting and composition. I also work on paintings and charcoal drawings based on my
Using a personally-developed style of applying the paint to the canvas, Stoltzfus slowly and
intuitively builds richly-textured images that suggest nighttime landscapes in which light and dark
engage in a compelling relationship.