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.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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 30 years ago. For the past 10 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. Being a glass artist and working with the light shining through my creations, has now translated into my paintings which do the same thing. Unlike most painters who put light into their paintings, the light from my paintings 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.