plein air vs studio worksStan Sperlak
It is important to note that the artist began his career working almost entirely from life, whether at the Academy or with Pat Witt in Millville NJ. Over the years, works became larger and the need to work in studio increased. The reliance on field studies, photo (less so) and monitor viewed images has become important and justified.
While it is safe to assume that anything over 18x24 was done in the studio, the mix of smaller works will represent as a majority done out of doors.
further, there are many repeating motifs in the artists work, since the same locations have been encountered numerous times. the collector/appraiser should know that there may be over a dozen "Benny's Landings", "Over the Marsh", "Along the Atlantic", "Morning Light..." or "Evening Light". Titles have been used repeatedly, while the scenes are usually in a different size and will vary as to time of day.
signature styleStan Sperlak
For historical reference, and identification of the artist, it would be important to note that the majority of pastel paintings accomplished by Sperlak are signed in the lower right corner with the initials SRS, (Stanley Robert Sperlak) often in reddish colors. There are a few exceptions in contrasting colors when the work itself called for it. Some early works were signed as "Stan" while a very few were signed "Stan Sperlak". Some of the works from California, Maine, Italy, Scotland etc may be signed in pencil, with some information as to where they were painted. It is common to find some titles on the back of the works, and often the artist's name and year written on the back of the support board.