2014 Landscapes Art Exhibition – MyArtContest.com
Marilyn Brown – Wherrol Flat, Australia
Terry Kruse – Calgary, Canada
I live to create and became a graphic designer in the 80s to create for a living. I was allowed a lot of freedom in my career but my real dream has always been to become a professional visual artist. Early in 2012 attendance in an abstract workshop made me ask myself what do I need to do to create visual arts full time. I made the decision that I would do whatever it took and so began my artist career. Although my work is not really abstract I credit this push with the transition.
I consider myself an artist, not just a painter, even though my art is meant to be hung on a wall. I have always loved texture and have had a lot of freedom to add visual texture and dimension to client’s projects and this process comes out in my art. My visual art is a blend of sculpture and painting where one of several elements will either be carved, formed or represented by an element or texture, then mounted on a canvas or wooden board. I will then finish the art with acrylic paints and mediums as well as natural and man-made materials. Where appropriate I will add glass beads and sand. I sometimes mix the sand with paint giving an element a softer effect than just paint would.
The materials I use will either bounce or absorb light which helps to move your eyes around the art. I love the idea of an element coming off the canvas, even flying into it as the butterfly, bumblebee or damselfly does in some of my pieces.
.I am fortunate to live an hour away from the mountains and head there whenever I can. I love nature and being outdoors. When I hike I look down on the ground, I look up at the trees. I imagine the world as an ant may see it, seeing these towering plants as their mountains and forests. I take a lot of photographs and use these pictures as inspiration for my art.
Walter Mosely – Brooklyn, NY
I think perhaps what makes me an artist is the supreme joy I find in the visual world around me. Classical beauty and the sublime are amazing but so too the often overlooked, more mundane, even commonplace, I find, can be fascinating. What attracts me to a subject matter for painting material is difficult to describe except to say that something clicks within me and I know in an instant that I’ve found something worthy of my sustained attention. Painting for me is really “getting into the zone”; it’s a meditative state – a spiritual, religious experience. My ultimate goal in creating a painting, in creating a work of art, besides creating something beautiful, is to portray a mood and have the viewer share an emotional experience as well.