After 20+ years working in the corporate world, I decided to dedicate more time to my creative side and explore abstract art. I have been painting and tinkering with graphic software part-time since the mid 2000’s and the more I painted, the more I loved painting and felt the benefits of this creative outlet. Serendipitously, my life experiences have been a great accompaniment to my work as an artist via the use and understanding of color, flow, visual perception and human personality.
I have found working digitally to unleash my creativity. Digital tools opened up experimentation to different techniques unavailable to traditional media and provides the flexibility to change directions when I determine that the piece is not working.
The style that I commonly employ can best be described as a “digitally manipulated abstract painting” technique. This technique utilizes graphic applications alongside digital tablets which together mimic the effects of traditional painting medium by manipulating the pixels using image filters such as contrast, brightness, saturation, and hues to create a new composition.
My process usually begins by taking images with interesting color combinations and/or shapes and adjusting their transparency then layering the images forming a new composition. Working in this way I use heavy saturated colors then when I am finished I lower the color saturation. I believe that lowering the saturation, thereby muting the colors, produces a more contemporary look and feel which can best be displayed in various environments. Interior designers are able to pull out accent colors found in the image to compliment furniture groupings within their designs. Another benefit to working in digital format allows collaboration with Interior Designers so that pieces can be altered as to specific sizes and color values to fit within their interiors.
Corel’s Painter (Mac)