CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT ARTIST

Art is a search for the child within.

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Abstract art is a departure from reality.  As an abstract artist, I create a visual language on canvases.  If I could easily write my feelings, I wouldn't be painting.  Abstraction is taking liberties, altering that which is seen.  And I agree with one of Picasso's great quotes: "The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?"  

I never thought I could paint.  At some point during my childhood I experienced a crisis of confidence.  Added to that, I had and still have a great reverence for art. Whenever visiting art museums or looking at photographs of art, I had warm, tender feelings of love.  At age 10 I remember sitting in a room of Mark Rothko paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago and feeling such excitement that I could barely breathe.   

I didn't start painting until I was 27.  Though thrilled with a new baby, I needed a way to release excessive energy. A friend convinced me painting would help.  That was over 40 years ago.  From the beginning, one of the most valuable lessons within my awareness was to release fear.  Just like children who are naturally creative, I felt confident expressing. I remain in awe of all forms of art but do not aspire to "specialness".  As Anne Truitt wrote: "If I'm an artist being an artist isn't so fancy because it's just me."

Painting, for me is not just about "being in the mood".  It is a discipline and requires a set schedule.  I am in the business of art.  Going to my art studio is like going to the office. 

 

Drawing and painting for me are about sharing my emotions with myself.  My emotions come in part from the culture in which I live.  When exhibiting my paintings I am sharing  my beliefs.  My contemporary oil paintings don't have to be about anything other than my imaginations.  Expressing one's self creativity may be the missing piece to a fulfilled life.