As an artist, I like to develop paintings that are colourful and have an impressionistic style. I aim to find beauty in ordinary things by discovering the way light and shapes are reflected on different surfaces. My brush strokes are deliberate, not blended, to create a painterly, loose style of painting. Good design composition is important to me, allowing the viewers eye to travel around the piece. My medium of choice is either acrylic or oil paint, depending on my mood. With the use of texture, stroke and vibrant colour rather than of line I strive to express emotion through my artwork.
The name of this exhibit is ‘Reflections’. In this body of work, I am exploring the symbiotic relationship between visual reflections in everyday objects and surfaces with self-reflection as a way to give the brain a route to untangle and sort through observations and experiences in order to learn, grow and develop. Something that ‘reflects’ comes back to you. If you look in a mirror, you will see your reflected image. If you reflect on your past experiences, you look at them once again, thoughtfully.
Visual reflections are fascinating to me and inspire my creative mind. I love the way shapes and light are abstracted by the surface in which they are reflected…whether it be glass, water, or some other glossy material. Reflection of light occurs when the waves encounter a surface or other boundary that does not absorb the energy of the radiation and bounces the waves away from the surface. Reflections can create beautiful designs, ranging from repetitive patterns such as ripples in water to an almost exact mirror image of the objects themselves.
At the same time self-reflection is a powerful tool for finding meaning and processing important information. You can’t force reflection on yourself or others. Through art and the physical act of painting in my loose style, I simultaneously reflect on my own experiences. With each brush stroke I feel emotions pour onto the canvas. Painting for me is like creating a visual, on-going, reflective journal. It is a journal of events and choices that document my own experiences and growth.
With this exhibition, I invite the viewer to experience the symbiotic relationship between visual reflection with self-reflection. Visual reflections allow the eye to dance around the painting while following the distorted shapes and colours in a relaxing and therapeutic manner.
Personal reflection enables us to process and make meaning of all of the learning and working experiences we’ve had. As the viewer engages in each original painting in front of them, they are free to self-reflect on their own lives. Through art and creative expression, I’m excited that this show will inspire audiences of the gallery to consider the benefits of reflection.