Cusack’s paintings are meant for a home. They’re meant to occupy corners, live over desks, lean against a sill or bureau. They’re meant for you to live with, enjoy, and consider more deeply as ownership matures. These unique paintings have a presence, a light, and space of their own, and offer a fresh experience with each close visit. He paints in the most classical terms, and is possibly a purist. The narrative of his work is the form and the color itself. Like music, Cusack’s work is an orchestration of time, space and rhythm that acquires your attention, then asks you to stay and to be present. He says, “The experience of viewing a painting is rooted in its process, in the brushwork, the very real presence of the canvas or paper. The beauty is in its authenticity.” Presence is a prominent, if not core, theme in his work, whether it’s his own presence as the artist, the presence of the world as exterior experience, or the very palpable presence one feels as a viewer.