Acrylics, alcohol ink, paper, and mixed media have all been part of my creative resurgence. Though it was through abstract fluid art that I found a true connection with painting again. The surprises you encounter when creating a piece has been both uplifting and grounding. Finding peace through creative expression is the driving force behind my recent body of work. It is not about control, but rather letting go. Abstract fluid art provides a unique opportunity to not only be present but also very active in the creative process. When I pour paint onto my canvas, I immediately begin to engage with it. I tilt the surface to spread the pigments, I use air to manipulate the design, and a blowtorch to allow the different paint densities to play against each other. Much like the moment in which it was created, each piece is original and unique.
When choosing a color palette, I find I am most influenced by my surroundings. From gemstones to galaxies, I look for colors that vibrate off each other, create a sense of depth, and evoke a mood. I also take into consideration the transparency versus opacity of a color, as this greatly influences how the pigments interact with each other when layered or mixed.
I like to think of my work as a modern-day Rorschach ink blot. I am fascinated with the idea that we perceive certain shapes as recognizable images, and everyone sees something different depending on our personality or emotion. Look at on one of my paintings, what do you see? A fish, maybe a face? Allow your imagination to stretch and reach, be open to finding magic and mystery in the unexpected.
Open Studio Location
Weekend 2: Site# 186 Alameda Art Works
1068 The Alameda, San Jose
Site: 186 Alameda Art Works
1068 The Alameda
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