Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, 16" x 16"
Artist Statement about this piece made during the Covid19 Crisis:
"Recently I began to develop a series of small and large abstracts that are just about color, shapes, tonal values, and textures with no subjects in mind.
I begin each abstract by applying a layer of colorful, handmade papers cut into square and rectangle to create a grid-like pattern for the background. Then, once this dries, I splash on a color or a bold brush stroke. From there, I begin to respond to the colors and shapes I create. More specifically, I focused on the interactions shapes of different sizes, contrasting color combinations, and soft and hard edges. Also, I keep in mind the energy and motion suggested by the direction of my brushstrokes with the square format. And you may notice, I love circles.
During my process, I occasionally turn the canvases around to change, take away, or add something. By doing this, I find and solve problems, and ensure that each painting can work in any direction. Each one becomes more versatile and remains open to interpretation and the response of individual viewers.
I like to work in groups of three or more, and I often begin with the same colors for all the canvases, but each painting can end up on opposite sides of the color spectrum. That is, each piece becomes either predominately blues or reds. Also, each of my abstracts has accent colors and a focal point, just like most of my semi-abstract/representational paintings.
As I am happily painting, I compile a list of possible titles for each painting, and from there, choose the title that rings most true. Sometimes the title can begin to affect the outcome of each piece.
During these traumatizing and uncertain times, I am more than ever grateful for my creative time and my collection of art supplies. I love my tools and the mediums and paints I use.
I am especially excited to be delving into abstracts. It is a direction I have been thinking of going into for some time now because I love abstract art. And now, I find that not having a reference or subject to paint is quite refreshing.
As I paint, I begin to notice that I am relaxing because I am playing and lost in the process. My thoughts become lighter, and I am back in a happy place. I hope this shows in the work I am presenting to you."