2012 - 2013 has been a turning point, both personally and professionally. I have made a commitment to go back to the qualities I like in painting and to return to oils which is where I started. I have come full circle. I am working on a series of abstract oil paintings that show a sense of struggle and discovery. There is a pull which is being explored throughout. I love the process of painting the physical process of applying paint to canvas. There is a real sense of freedom in allowing a spontaneous application of color and line to the prepared surface. There is energy in my painting that works towards connecting my spiritual as well as my emotional being. It almost always begins with a line, I adore the line. This is where my graphic design training shines through. Next many applications or layers of color are applied. I often take away layers as well to create interesting textures.
My art is inspired by color, texture and travel. I find endless sources of inspiration through travel. I reflect on the various themes and concepts explored during travels as an artist. I have always subscribed to the theory of “paint for paint’s sake” by celebrating the physical qualities of the medium while including the images or textures that move me. My goal is to create stunning pieces of art that will engage the viewer and foster a dialogue that is invigorating, educational and rewarding.
Inspiration – I get it from all types of sources Usually I find it in the most unexpected places
Often I find it in sorrow Sorrow bleeds inspiration in me Painting and drawing are my tears
Travel excites inspiration in me The colors become the paints on my canvas The smells and sounds become the energy in which I paint
Happiness is a completely different type of inspiration It is quiet It is bright It is large but consuming
Each experience that inspires me generates an unique art to itself I never understood why people say an artist must have a style or look to their work Does that mean the artist should not look for new inspirations? I can’t imagine that to be true Embrace all the inspirations and let them guide you without thought or fear
I haven’t written in a while. I have been busy painting. It’s amazing how as an artist if you work on 1 task it seems to take you away from another. I do my best to spread my time out, but if I find I am in a groove of one sort or another, I stay in one spot for a while.
I have been painting – A LOT. So what does that mean? It means I haven’t been promoting on social media. I haven’t been building frames. I haven’t been updating my web site. I haven’t been entering shows. It’s a challenge dividing your time up. If I could paint in the morning, do social media in the afternoon and make frames at night, life would be perfect.
But inspiration rarely works that way. I have bouts of total inspiration and its like I am on a maniac high and I can’t stop painting. I can say the same for self promotion and the rest.
Well, I am back writing. So what does that mean? Am I painting? I sure hopes so… cause in the end, it’s really all I want to do. The rest..it just is for financial survival.