Abstract art is what interests me. I want to see things I’ve never seen before, or things presented in a new way. The revolutionary artists from the beginning of the twentieth century into the 1960s inspire and amaze me with their views on the world and their artworks. The Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s are like superstars to me. Their inspiring creative artworks, like nothing ever seen before, have been a huge influence on my work. Freedom from rules and regulations. Abstract art can go in any direction you want, it’s free, that freedom gives the artist unlimited artistic possibilities. Endless subject matter, because it’s “anti-matter”, it’s limitless and exciting.
Color combinations and interactions within a painting, and how the viewer interprets those interactions, compels me to keep returning to the easel. Abstract art entices the viewer to engage. It isn’t easy for some to look at abstract artwork, some people want to be told what it is that they are looking at. They try to make sense of the artwork by assigning images to something “real”. Abstract demands that they stop, and look at the artwork in an unbiased fashion, forgetting any preconceived notions of what it may be, and accept it for what it is. Colors dancing, or quietly claiming their existence on the canvas, there is a mystery to be revealed. An alternative language to be discovered, the relationship between color, movement, and form, no “subject matter “ needed, pure artistic expression. This is what keeps me motivated to paint.
I would describe myself as an abstract expressionist painter.