I am an artist by nature and a painter and printmaker by practice. I believe art should make its own statement; let paint do the speaking. Ultimately art is not an intellectual activity. It is an intuitive, visceral process in the creation and hopefully, in the viewing. I’m convinced concept alone is meaningless and should be valued for what it is – another tool; a means to an end.
But I find I need a back story in my art. I’m always on the prowl for imagery or ideas that will fuel the process. Although I find nonobjective art interesting, it doesn’t fulfill the art-making need for me. Helen Frankenthaler once said after a trip to Nova Scotia that the sky and the sea were in her arms while she painted. I relate completely with her description of what it’s like to paint when a feeling or an idea fills me.
Ultimately, no one knows how it’s truly done. That’s the magic that keeps many an artist in the studio. As a viewer you may not need to know the inspiration of my work. Give up the security of recognizable objects and become an active participant. The meaning isn’t something to be found like chocolate chips in a cookie. Let go of words, feel the color, the lines, and the shapes. I urge you to find your own story in my work.
My mixed media paintings are worked primarily with liquid acrylics in an almost watercolor manner. I may incorporate gels, oil sticks, pastels, bits of collage or pen and pencil marks. The many layers create translucent passages in the finished work.
Next week: New thoughts about Printmaking.