Thank you to ALL of you who made it to my Show! You all made my night so special and I cannot believe I had such an amazing turnout, you guys mean more to me than you know! Here are photos from the show and more about my process:
Learning to draw as a young child, by tracing Disney characters on VHS boxes, I became a sponge with drawing/sketching techniques. In college, I discovered my love for painting, thanks to my first painting professor and talented Denver Artist Sally Elliot (who is a member artist at Spark Gallery.) Over the years, my style and techniques have evolved greatly which brings me to where I am now.
I have taken my abstract painting and love for composition to the next level for me with the technique of acrylic paint pouring or acrylic pouring.
In short - I start with a canvas on a flat surface, I paint the background white and the I pour the colors I want to use into a cup (like a plastic solo cup) all together, and I pour them on the canvas to create the composition I desire.
All the paint is mixed with a thinning medium, water, and drops of silicone, to create my desired effects. Once poured, there is a window of about 30 minutes to an hour where the paint is wet enough to successfully manipulate, so you have to make quick work. In addition, each color will react differently depending on how much you added, when you added it to the mix (first versus last) and what pigment it is (some colors, like red, are heavy and sink to the bottom.)
Once the paint is on the canvas, I wait and see what begins to take shape as it organically blooms into its own design and colors and designs come to the surface. Then the fun begins…
I start by tilting the canvas to see the paint stretch and morph into a shape that I feel is “right.” Then, I go in and add various effects that I believe complement its natural characteristics. I use many tools: paint brushes or toothpicks to create wispy lines, heat from a creme brûlée torch to create “cells” where new colors can come to the surface, or blowing on the paint through a straw to enhance the flow/movement.
Once dried, I finish them with a high gloss top coat of resin (like what you would see on a shiny bar top.) I use ArtResin because it is non-toxic, BPA free, and archivable. It also keeps the paintings looking wet, which is a beautiful effect in person.
If you visit my Blog section, you’ll see some of the coasters I created as well - which ALL sold out at the opening reception, so I’ll be making more ASAP!
My images have been described as “organic” and “etherial” and I would certainly agree. I think that some of them even look like satellite images of earth and take on a scientific feel, like an up close image of a microscopic slide.
Like a modern-day Rorschach test, each viewer has a unique experience upon viewing.