Hi There! I am sooooo on board with Anita and the concept of her WeHeaveHo Team. Paring down every aspect of my life has been a seriously obsessive goal for me (which is endless btw), and that is the element I try to achieve in my Art. . . Simplicity. If you’d like to discover the best uses for art in your newly simplified home, keep following along right here. I’ll be sharing some tips from time to time as well as a peek into my process and some new work as well.
If there’s a common thread in all my work, it’s the relationship I have with the natural world. I love it when my paintings reflect the colors and textures of the things I see and feel in nature; especially the elements of the sea and sky, and the organic shapes of garden and earth. Bringing those elements into the home through painting is what makes me tick.
I generally work in reverse, simplifying down a concept after many hours building off a pretty full canvas. Eliminating what distracts me from a sense of serenity is what I’m after and the result is often more minimalist than realistic. Sketchbook, photographs, memory, and visual observation always inform me. Often it is a combination of these elements that are connected to me in some way; obvious or subliminal, which determine the beginning of a series of work.
Putting down the paint and letting it direct me through the use of color, shape and mark making is the way I can gather the momentum to explore the direction I want to take. Sometimes the abstract process is intuitive, other times, say in my landscape work, more direct. It all depends on the mood I'm in, and the way I want to connect the viewer to the final finished piece.The process of getting there always involves layers of paint, gesture, scraping, mark making and taking paint away. The thing that seems to be constant in my process is reducing elements to the simplest level possible.
Eliminating/simplifying. Working in the moment is what keeps me focused, and the connection between the literal and the abstract meet somewhere in between.