My latest piece was an unexpected development of blending and contrasting colours. Using acrylic pour techniques, hunter green and moss are suspended in each other to give the appearance of cream meeting coffee.
The left and bottom edges have paint splatter to amp up the drama and turbulence of the environment, while yellow specks of sunlight peek through the dense cloud space. The title of this work is simply G.C.
My favourite part of the work is seen above- the meeting of the light creamy green with dark green. The figure is ghostly, and resembles a human face that seems to possibly be aghast. At its heart is a void of cerulean blue- as if an explosion removed what was there before.
I love the abstract art because it allows the viewer to decide the story of what they see. I am continuously impressed by the imaginative responses I get from people about what they see in my artwork. It is truly amazing to reflect on the power of those imaginations, and also how the experiences or mindsets of people influence what they see.
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My latest work has two parts. I spent twice the usual amount of time to paint these two pieces at the same time. My goal here was to use the same colour scheme to carry across two landscapes.
In the end, I created “Terror Beach” (right) and “Call out to the Universe” (left).
When set side by side, the sweeping brush strokes seem to begin in the lower right hand corner and fly out to the left.
The dripping violet that emerges from the conical horizon in “Terror Beach” creates an eerie setting. There is a ghostly apparition of a sun or moon above the mountains that does little to illuminate the texture rich darkness that encroaches from the eastern skyline. And yet, somehow, there is a mysterious shape below the waters that edge the mountainous horizon.
“Call Out to the Universe” has a similar mysterious message; begging the question of who calls out to whom in the vast emptiness? An unfamiliar object is answering the call.
This recent work was a thrill for me. I enjoyed the story telling aspect as much as creating the actual painting itself.
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I painted this acrylic piece early in my career as an homage to my imagination. It began as a sketch on a piece of paper, then evolved to a drawing with thick black India Ink. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with that ink drawing once it was completed, and so, the bananas were born.
I have had a few observers of this piece comment on the fun and eye catching use of colour, as well as the fact that the bananas look very frightened by the phantom eyes that seem to be pursuing them. I really think that it is something that needs to be observed in person, as I also used a lot of relief and texture to add to the depth of the red background.