Description When I was a child, every year we went camping at Little Cultus Lake in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. My Dad would scare us to death with bear stories. This is a homage to my Dad. It seemed to us that the bonfire was the only safe place from the dangers lurking in the woods. The painting uses illumination technique, high intensity color at the center and greyed down colors and values everywhere else.
Sue Nosler Gray, Round Rock, Texas Member Since September 2007 Artist Statement For me, painting is the product of my life experiences. What I am and what I believe and care about is what I put on canvas. My style is hard to define; post, neo or abstract expressionist and although I love non-representational work, my paintings always become a memory, a place I've seen a moment in time where the colors and shapes intrigued me. I have traveled around the world, had the pleasure of growing up in Oregon and lived in Breckenridge Colorado for many years. Those places left a deep impression and the rivers, lakes, ocean, farms, jungles and many other things reappear over and over in my work.
Normally, I paint in a series so in the beginning, I am usually only conscious of that. I always have a general idea of subject and I usually know what I want to say but let the creative process tell me how to say it. Once I have the general theme arranged, then I spend a great deal of time working with technique, making sure the composition is sound. Sometimes after many layers and changes it starts to pull itself together; then I am able to go forward and finish the work. I prefer to work with acrylics, but occasionally return to oils or transparent watercolors. For awards, gallery and exhibition history visit my webpage at www.suenoslergray.com.