Structure is everything to this contemplative artist whose sharp eye and superb technique bring order out of a chaotic world. His intricate compositions combine elements of nature with ingeniously positioned and balanced objects, an apt reflection on the precariousness of our carefully-juggled, modern lives. Ciccariello's work is less about the application of paint on surface than about how paint can be used to create form and capture light. His surfaces are purposefully flat and his color harmonies close so that nothing detracts from the compositions he so carefully constructs. His technique is free yet his rendering is superb, focusing all the viewer's attention on the subjects represented. The longer one contemplates these beautiful works, the more satisfying they become. William Ciccariello has added to the luster of his sterling reputation by winning the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a recognition of his consummate style.