Photograph of Artist CAROL SANTORA
Lyman, Maine - United States

Original Artworks (2)

Carol Santora; Wind Horse, 2020, Original Painting Acrylic, 30 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Abstract horse painting, black and white expressionist series...
Carol Santora
Original Acrylic Painting, 2020
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
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Carol Santora; Flight, 2015, Original Painting Acrylic, 36 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 horses, mustangs, equine, equestrian, expressionism, abstract...
Carol Santora
Original Acrylic Painting, 2015
36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
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Artist Statement

The process of portraying the theme of horses continues to evolve in my work. My art retains a sense of experimentation, and working in a series I focus on a particular way the application of acrylic paint reveals the desired outcome. A variation of the process motivates the next series of paintings.

Horses are amazing creatures of physical beauty and strength, spirit and sensitivity. Breaking away from reality, my art combines abstract and realistic elements. I filter out superfluous details and portray horses in their clear essence – their spirits and souls, their energy, movement and physical presence.

Beginning with a textured surface, I pour and drip paint, spray water, and manipulate the pigments with a palette knife - move, scrape, and add more paint. I work the canvas flat on a table, but sometimes tip the surface to allow the pigments to run. I draw with pencil or paint onto the dried surface, looking for horses. The spontaneous drips, splashes, and marks combine to allow the animals form to take shape. In black and white or color, inner meanings and emotions are manifested.

The horse’s image emerges, simplified, or seemingly left unfinished, to allow the viewer room for personal interpretation. By reducing my paintings to their most essential elements, I say everything I need to say about the horse – render what has truly impassioned me.

Sometimes the ‘unfinished’ is an experiment that pushes boundaries....

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