E. M. Saniga presents a naturalistic yet mysterious vision of reality. His genres, still life, landscape and figures are entirely traditional but something marks them as different. His American masters seem to be Eakins, Homer and Dickinson and the European influences that we can perceive in his work include Corot, Degas, Balthus and Vuillard among others.Yet there is a strange edge that seems unique to Saniga's vision.
Saniga, who is also a professor of Information Technology, was trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art where he studied with Seymour Remenick among others. He observes of Vermeer that "he made a model of reality out of paint that seemed to be at least as strong as reality itself."That sentiment is appropriate to his own images of land and pointers, and riders at rest.They too are "models of reality"-human constructions of the very fragile shell of things.