We are four artists with different backgrounds and styles, developing our skills in abstract art. We first met at an in an abstract art class and we continue to gather weekly to support and inspire one another.
I create for the purpose of getting lost and letting my mind relax. There is no destination or final product in mind...just color explorations, lines, and forms that I find pleasing in the moment. When the moment passes, I may paint over it or hang it up. It all depends on whether the connection I make with the piece is like a passerby I saw in the train or a good old friend I want to have around forever.
I studied Art History at Smith College and worked in museums until a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis early in my career shifted my interest to creating art. While I've always been influenced by artists like Ben Shan, Jacob Lawrence, Paul Klee, Laszlo Moholoy-Nagy and the Bauhaus Movement, recently I'm exploring abstract art. I work mostly with acrylics, colored pencil, pencil and mixed media.
After many years of artistic realism, I love the freedom of painting abstracts in acrylic. With a blank canvas and free mind there are so many possibilities. From tight geometrics reflecting my engineering background to complex layered amorphisms. I start most work with a soft background, leaving portions of the white canvas, adding one color then another, hard lines over blended space, texture over smooth surface, pallet knife over brush . I love contrasts in tone and color. Always exploring.
As a math and science person, I tend to prefer doing realistic, representational paintings - portraits and landscapes in particular - because I can tell when I am 'getting it right'. I enjoy abstract art because it pushes me out of this comfort zone and allows me to simply enjoy the experience of playing with paint.