Behind the Art
There is nothing more intimidating than standing in front of a blank canvas and wondering what it will become. There is also nothing more exhilarating.
As I begin to apply paint to canvas I find my work seems to be in continuous motion. Always changing. Always progressing. Much like the oil paints that actually embody my visions.
I am influenced by many places, things, people and of course, many artists. My latest work is changing yet again. The palette has become softer more jewel toned and the subjects more somber. They speak to me as I paint each stroke awaiting life on the canvas. I am clearly influenced by some of the more modern masters like, Klimpt, Kandinsky, Mirot, Caldwell and as always, Picasso.
The art is Inspired by the subject. By a woman’s beauty as it is seen and felt both internally and externally. The images in my vision actually seem to mask their true identities as they glance out at the viewer exuding an air of aloofness and mystique. Each stroke is painstakingly smoothed and controlled to create subtle dimensions and color that create the mysterious creatures that appear to come to life on the canvas.
As I move into a new day, I continue to explore the vast medium I have created. I find myself fascinated with certain religious subjects and being influenced by the Dutch Renaissance painters for their use of light, shadow and attention to human expression. There is always, so much more to come.
-Patrick Sean Kelley