I'm often asked what's the point of abstract work is and my response is simple; realism brings feeling through seeing, where abstract brings seeing through feeling. To me realism is more external where abstract is more internal.
After returning to acrylics I chose to explore something different. Although I enjoy painting landscapes, still lifes and nature, I'm currently pursuing the imitable. I've experimented with abstracts and combining colors in the past, but didn't seriously pursue this until now. I'm extremely confident my work will never be restricted to abstract, because my interests are eclectic and I enjoy trying new things.
Some pieces are multiple layers of paint and techniques, while others are a blend of colors and gentle, fluid motions with soft watercolor brushes. Color placement is crucial, I must be fully committed before my brush touches the canvas and each stroke requires careful precision. Mistakes can't be erased, covered or 'touched-up', so I must incorporate the error or start all over.
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I've also been very successful with textured paintings. A very dear friend was blind, so I gave her a painting where she could feel the landscape. This was an incident that led to several commissioned paintings for other visually impaired, that wanted their imagination to run rampant. Just as the hearing impaired can enjoy music through vibration, the visually impaired can enjoy art through touch. I once used children's fruit scented paint pens to create a fruit still life.
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