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The Passionate Interplay of Color and Light--Reflected Outward.
My work seeks to explore the tension between realism and abstraction, using color to both guide the former and accentuate the latter. I prefer to have the color float on top of the canvas rather than create a deep texture. By dry brushing and sponging acrylics, wet on wet, I am able to blur the edges and create shadow, thereby achieving an etheric or mystical effect.
As shapes connect in my paintings, they draw attention to what appears to emerge as a figure or landscape. I then use deep shadows to define the spaces between objects. In this way, I hope to suggest boundaries or parameters, while allowing viewers to use their imagination to develop the content or “story” of and within the painting.
Overall, my art reflects an effort to impose agency or control over a particular painting, while at the same time, allowing myself the freedom to give way to change and circumstance. In this way, my artwork is an outward, emotional expression of my attempt to achieve a similar balance in life.
My desire to create comes from deep within. It is a compulsion that must manifest into the physical. It does not necessarily matter how, for the how is not what is important. For me, it is being in the moment of creation that matters. It is an expression of the divine within, projected outward.
For those who view my artwork, it is an opportunity to share and experience that space. To stand in that moment with me and feel the energies embedded within the piece. If the work stirs your heart, you have connected with it fully and its raison d’être.
Growing up in rural, central Kentucky, I learned early from the women of my family and community, the importance of handcrafting and taking pride in your work. I began my artistic career as a stained and fused glass artist over 25 years ago. For the past 8 years, I have exclusively created abstracts, landscapes and waterscapes with acrylics/mixed media. I've had jurors tell me I bring a unique perspective to painting. That being a glass artist and working with the light shining through my creations, has translated into my paintings which do the same thing. Unliike most painters who put light into their paintngs, the light from my paintngs shines out to the viewer just as light shines through stained glass.
I have returned to once again live in that rural Kentucky community on the family farm. My family has owned this land for five generations. My studio faces a lake, which once was the field where I helped my grandfather set tobacco in the summer. I feel strongly connected to the earth and my family here. That grounds me and helps me to come back to center in the evening, after I soar away all day in creativity.
The studio provides both solace and sanctuary for creating colorful works of art. Inspiration for my original contemporary art work comes from my perennial gardens, farm life, trips to the coast for sun and sand, and researching ancient cultures through world travel. It is in this way, each piece I create has its own story to tell. I love seeing how my contemporary art work brings emotions to my patrons. I'm happy to hear their comments and feel inspired by the sharing of their ideas. I'm so grateful to be able to do this work.
2012 Kanuga Watermedia Workshops, Hendersonville, NC. Instructor, Patty Brady, Working Artist Program Director, Golden Artist Colors.
Emerging Artist Contest Winner, Art Galleries and Artists of the South Magazine, November, 2014.
EXHIBITS AND EVENTS:
Annual Artists Stand Against Poverty Silent Auction 2014, May 17, 2014, ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY.
More & more: A Juried Art Competition Defining Mixed Media, July 1-31, 2014, MS Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lexington Distillery District, 903 Manchester Street, Lexington, KY.
Celebrating Color and Beauty, September 5-December 31, 2014, Salon Asa Organic Salon and Spa, 431 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY
HERsteria: A Multimedia Art Showcase, January, 2015, Village Trough, 216 Adams Street, Berea, KY.
Governor's Derby Exhibit, March 30-May 4, 2015, Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Avenue Bay, Frankfort, KY
Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibit, April 3-25, 2015, Emporium Art Center, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN.
Shaped by Water, June 2-August 3, 2015, Gallery on Main, Community Trust Bank, 239 W. Main Street, Richmond, KY
notBIG(3), August 11-September 11, 2015, MS Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lexington Distillery District, 903 Manchester Street, Lexington, KY.
Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, A Juried Exhibition, October 1-November 15, 2015, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY.
Exhibition 280, October 10, 2015-February 14, 2016, Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington, WV.
44th Mid-States Craft Exhibition, January 17-March 6, 2016, Evansville Museum, 411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN.
The Chautauqua National Exhibition: What If?, January 28-February 19, 2016, Giles Gallery, Eastern KY University, 309 Campbell Building, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY.
This is 50!, Kentucky Arts Council 50th Anniversary Celebration Exhibit, Kentucky Crafted, March 5-6, 2016, Lexington Convention Center, 430 W.Vine Street, Lexington, KY.
Landscape: A Sense of Place, International Juried Art Exhibition, May 24-June 24, 2016, Site: Brooklyn, 165 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, An International Juried Exhibition, September 1-October 11, 2016, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY.
Expanding Borders: 2nd Biennial ONU Regional Art Exhibition, October 5-November 4, 2016, Brandenberg Art Gallery, Olivet Nazarene University, One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL.
Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibit, June 2-30, 2017, Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN.
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