I'm an emotional, expressive person.  My work is about color and contrast. The early European artists who experimented with color inspire me and it's ability to evoke emotion in the viewer, specifically Caravaggio, J. M. W. Turner, Van Gogh and Emile Nolde. My goal is to create a painting that exudes positive energy. I want my paintings to take the viewer away from the negativity of the world emotionally, if only for a short time.

My painting process is two-fold.  It is first about color.  I love color. I like mixing two or more colors to create a new color. It amazes me how many different blues or yellows I can create. Each color has its own voice. The second part of my process is creating energy and an emotional response in my viewers - an awareness of their own personal feelings and memories. Each individual has a personal response to specific colors. I think color taps into the viewers' emotions and makes them more aware of their feelings. When people talk about my painting, they talk about the sense of positive energy - how it makes them feel.

The main decision I make before I start a painting is my first color. The painting evolves from that point.  I paint with oil paint and oil impasto using large brushes, large painting knives and lots of paint. I also use scrapers and my hands as tools. I draw into my wet paint with charcoal.

I feel by using color and abstraction, I can connect with people at a very primal, gut level. I strive to give the viewer a joyful, positive image that allows them to leave the negative behind. I believe color taps into the viewers' emotions and makes them more aware of their feelings.  When people talk about my painting, they talk about the sense of positive energy and how it makes them feel.  They tell me of forgotten memories the painting evokes.

I want people to know that they can just respond to an abstract painting emotionally.  They don't have to know what it's about, just how it makes them feel. I want to paint something that catches a viewer's attention and makes them smile - something that makes them curious and want to take a closer look.

 

 

 

 

© 2018 katherine k. jones | site powered by ARTsala.com