Why Abstract Art?
This is a question I get asked a lot regarding my own personal choice of what type of art I choose to create. Art to me is something that comes from the soul … that moves you on an emotional and spiritual level. It has the power to induce you into a state of elevated consciousness and get you high. That’s right … GET YOU HIGH! It’s a visual drug that allows you to escape your current reality, if only for a moment. Not because you need to escape necessarily but because you want to.
Again … Why Abstract Art? We can talk about color, shape, form, texture, line etc. … that is all part of the abstract anatomy but what really matters to me is the emotional component. The inner trigger that sparks a raised level of awareness about the present moment. Okay, I’m getting a little deep here. I’m doing that for you to experience the foundation of why abstract art, or should I say, what abstract art is about for me as an artist.
Why Abstract Art … My Influences
In addition, I was not directly influenced or inspired by any one abstract contemporary artist. It actually happened in reverse for me. I simply had some deep inspired imagery come in one day while painting a large canvas of 2 to 3 columbine flowers. The first abstract art painting I produced (featured above) was purely guided and completely spontaneous. I will say, however, once I started painting more abstract work one name kept coming up … Jackson Pollock … and, at that time, I had not heard of Jackson Pollock. My background in art was very traditional and I chose to go the commercial route so my inspiration came from artist like Andy Warhol, Peter Max and even Georgia O’Keeffe. I was drawn to their bold colors and graphic styles.
So if you have to ask me … Why Abstract Art? I would answer … because it feeds my soul and inspires my life. It makes me complete as a person and allows me to offer an open door into another reality for anyone who chooses to step through it. Creating Abstract Art allows me to creatively breathe and continue on my life’s journey in complete wonderment of what lies just beyond the current horizon in my mind’s eye. Ah heck, it’s just down right fun to create and share with the world … Seriously!