Susan thinks of her mixed media abstractions as layers of intuitive thought, all about feelings, sounds and rhythms; spoken in the symbolic language of color, shape and the drawing mark.
Her process starts by layering color of different media on paper. Working into and a taking out; forming, shaping, making marks, collaging in bits of her poetry, printed material or torn pieces of previous work. Often working over the collage pieces as well.
This process allows for manipulation and surprises. The brain shifts that occurs takes Susan to another place while working. This is what she finds exciting in her endeavor to create art.
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Phil Saxon’s artistic influences originate from the modernists and the early Expressionist’s painters of the 20th century. He has a wide range of interests in which he finds inspiration to create his paintings and drawings. These influences are taken from two-dimensional reproductions that include both historical and contemporary images. Mr. Saxon states, “My interest is in the emotional and human complexities within life and how to express through paint and paper my own personal experiences. As an artist it is important to trust my intuition when making artistic decisions as I create piece of artwork Believing that we all experience a common range of emotions in life, I attempt to convey, in abstract terms, these universal experiences.”
Karen Brittain has always been entertained by her ability to imagine. Growing up in a rural area made everything in the outside world seem fascinating for her. She creates her own brand of mystique when she paints portraits of people, primarily women, whom she does not know. Her fascination is in re-inventing and re-creating characters for her paintings based on compilations of facial features, ethnicities, body types and time periods.
Her latest series, which is called “Sisterhood”, is a collection of fictitious female characters. She describes them as “visual assumptions”. They are for her a collection of daydreams, where in a visual sense, her characters come to life. By understanding and questioning the complexities and layers of sentiments women carry throughout their lives Karen contemplates the emotions, vulnerabilities, desires, hopes, risks, and fears that weave their way throughout our lives.
The sisterhood series is meant as an open invitation to the viewer to interact with the subject by imposing our own narratives. By interacting with the paintings in this way the artist invites self reflection upon the part of the viewer . What we see in her paintings might very well reveal something of ourselves.
Website: Karen Brittain Fine Art (KarenBrittain.com)