This weekend I had the opportunity to take part in the Revere Beach Arts Festival on the Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge. This event allowed local artists to sell their handmade, one of a kind goods and helped to benefit scholarships for Revere High School students seeking higher education in the arts.
It is always hard as an artist to put yourself out there and face the critical eye of others as they purvey your work, but it can be humbling as well as subdue bubbling doubts. Two of the most common questions I received were: What inspires you? And How do you begin making abstract art? I really cherished these conversations, because you don’t always get open platforms to speak about individual process and art-making. It was really nice to talk with those who were curious about my work and wanted to know more, especially for those viewers who were trying to understand abstract art on a deeper level, how I make choices about color, forms and mark. So I’ve decided to unpack that process for you all a bit further.
My artistic process begins in the field as I spend quality time with an environment. Usually these places have some source of natural water whether its a spring, a lake, river, or ocean. Although that might not always be the case, I am continually responding to the environment around me, not making marks on what I see, but what I feel. Although some places communicate certain colors and marks, painting for me is a sensory experience where I consider how I feel most at home amongst nature. I begin simply by responding to this environment with the first mark that comes to me. This could be in color or in line. It could reference the quietness of the woods, or the rapid pace of flowing water, it is all experiential. A place might look/ or be interpreted differently in a final painting depending on the day, season, and how I felt within that place. These field notes take form in fluid sketches, notes, and small paper works.
I enjoyed speaking to customers, visitors, and young artists looking to learn more, and look forward to doing more events like this in the future.