For me, art is an opportunity to transform, inspire and relate with the world through beauty and creativity.
One of the ways I express myself is by incorporating words at the beginning of a new piece.
I choose a word that inspires me, writing or painting it on the newly primed panel and allowing that inspiration to guide me thru the creation like a moving meditation.
In doing this, my process is fun and I believe that translates into my work.
I believe words are powerful and can shape ones reality both consciously and unconsciously.
Although on most of my works the word is painted over (yet sometimes repeated at a later stage),
I believe it’s essence or vibration still comes through,
and I enjoy the surprise or discovery of something new and unexpected with each new work.
Regarding technique, the work I do is the reflection of my evolution using primarily texture, line and words to communicate. Ideas come to me from everywhere. A shape in nature, something man made, or perhaps a color strikes me and the idea germinates while I gather my materials. The idea is simple to begin with and then develops, and unfolds as I work the medium into the foundation. That foundation consists of mud glued to muslin, glazed and then stretched and cracked to create depth and character. This foundation is then affixed to a wood panel, providing the skeleton upon which I create. I see veils as I layer color upon color and then work back through the paint, pulling out whatever lies beneath the surface.The mystery behind what is apparent drives me forward as the painting reveals what my soul wants to convey. Although texture and line compose my work, the strong vibrant color provides movement, rendering the pieces whole. Some of the various materials I may use when creating a new painting are pumice, glues, muslin, metal, acrylics, house paint, oil, oil sticks, joint compound, varathane and glass. ~ Chris Henry