But I am far more interested in creating something that is unique, that neither I, nor you, have ever seen. Abstraction is a beautiful doorway into the imagination. Who doesn't love some space to imagine?
I suspect that if you are here, you are already familiar with or appreciate abstract art. But in case you're new to it or are curious to hear more, allow me to share my thoughts on abstraction.
Have you ever experienced something you found challenging to put into words? Even though you explained it, you still feel words just don't cut it.
The creation of Abstract Art, for me, is a means of tapping into personal expression where words don't define. Artists use visuality and various creative tools such as colour, line, shape, movement, energy, tension to name a few, to convey a thought, a feeling, a meaningful concept,…. Abstraction allows the viewer mental space to personally interpret as well. If the piece resonates, you are meeting my expression in the middle.
Abstraction releases the creator and the viewer of tying into and identifying objects from the physical and familiar world. Instead, the response can be purely visceral, emotional, spiritual,… a reaction to the colours or shapes, may remind you of something important or integral to your world. It's a platform of meeting, where nothing is spelled out, so you, the viewer, can experience meaning separate from my ideas. In essence, you have the freedom of experiencing my work as I have the freedom of creating it.
Ultimately, my work is not copying a visual from the physical world for you to see and know. I am creating an experience for myself, where you are invited to experience it from your side, where you bring your own interpretations, experiences, memories, or visions to the piece you are viewing. The fact that I have not told you what it is - a grapevine, a barn, a flower - allows you the endless space to imagine as I give to myself.
Imagination is a dying gift. Abstraction reignites one's ability to think creatively, feel intensely, think critically, search internally.
I invite you to explore this creative space that I offer,… peruse my art works, read my blog "Studio Notes" or consider my courses. Enjoy, and allow your mind to wander. Make space for your imagination. It's a wonderful place.
If you have any questions about abstraction, found a piece you resonate with, or would like to take a course with me, please feel free to reach out. My courses and paintings are here on my website as well. I'm always open to address your curiosities. Happy to help.