Lives in Hurst, Texas
, Writer, Working Artist at Awwheyon Publishing, Hurst TX
Art as Conversation
Working the materials that create the rendering, my attention is not only to technical execution, but watching for that visceral response that conveys emotion. Even as I consider source material--be they from life, from photographs, even from memory or imagination--I am scanning everything to solve for myself what keeps my curiosity. Where does my eye land repeatedly? Why? Where do my thoughts wander to with repetition? Then the question shifts to whether I want to bring this forward--If I do, then, by what means? Some are boldly presented, but increasingly I choose something more subtle, teasing. This is true whether I work in paints or words.
How long does it take to bring a piece to canvas? Literally some things take all of one's living, because so much of life has to be experienced then examined, to be translated visually. On the other hand, not every piece is an “end all” statement--that gets so heavy anyways--and the painting is but necessary process: The joy of doing, the joy of creating, the joy of play. Alternatively, it is discipline. Working daily, addressing questions of technicality, pressing a process to achieve a skill development--even the exercise of being "non-representational" is process, the same as executing an accurate and true representation. I can do both, preferring to work somewhere in-between; a bit surreal sometimes, a bit expressionist other times. I enjoy mixing it up. Regardless the viewer's age, I hope there is some fresh perception born in the viewer.
Age being addressed, I've lived long enough to finish several levels of credentialed education, none in art, though as a youngster I was recognized as gifted and awarded a year of special education within a museum classroom setting. That experience actually served to turn me "off" art, and my creativity was applied in other settings, with great practicality. I am also old enough to have had that “professional” career, raised that sweet family to maturity, even lived abroad on several occasions. In 2010 I seriously started asking myself if I still "had it," If I did, what did I want to do with it? Where did I want to take it? The results are here for you to see, both in retrospect, and in development.
Thank you for your viewing. Like any artist, I enjoy feedback on my work so do comment. How has it touched you in the sharing? Art is meant to be conversational.
If you are interested in purchasing a piece, an email would be greatly appreciated, and I will follow up with/for details. I also like to eat—LOL! That does trigger the “visceral” in me!
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October 2014 update:
Creativity has taken another turn, and that to words, specifically poetry--flow-of-thought, free-verse sort, and the first collection has been published as an e-book for Kindle (Amazon offers a FREE Kindle Reader App for your computer) at a price point that does not break the bank. May I invite you to check out BENEATH RED UMBRELLAS and other books to follow in this series by K.B. OldShield.