People often ask me how I get ideas for my paintings. So many things inspire me, a flower, unusual shapes, color combinations in nature, and even old rusty things. I decide on a few colors and get started then the paints and canvas lead me where they want to go. It is best if I do not start with a plan and let the painting develop intuitively.
For many years I dreamed of becoming an artist. I attended a Laurel Langemeier personal development weekend in Chicago and sold greeting cards created from original paintings of Native Kentucky flowers. The only problem, I sold the cards before I painted them. Now, I was challenged to find the Native Kentucky flowers and create paintings. After researching and traveling to Mammoth Cave National Park and other undisturbed areas, I found the flowers and started painting. This was the beginning of my joyful journey in the world of art.
Acrylics are my medium of choice, since I learned a technique in Nashville, TN of layering paint and glaze. Some of my paintings have as many as 20 layers. When you touch these paintings, they feel like leather. It gives a unique look and each painting is different. Abstracts are intriguing, I'm always pulled in that direction. Each person views an abstract in their own way. I enjoy painting in bright colors with a touch of black.
Commissions can be challenging and enjoyable at the same time. One of my repeat customers has really pushed me in a great way to develop some different techniques. I have stretched to reach the challenge and learned new ways to achieve the expected painting.
As an abstract artist, I strive to make people feel something when they view my paintings. If they feel anything when viewing my works, whether it is joy, happiness, childhood memories, peace, or even uncomfortable, then the painting is a success.
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