If I didn't paint I would explode. Painting allows me to have a visual conversation with myself about the non-visual aspects of reality. The nature of the universe - micro to macro.
My training was in the classical Modernist tradition at the Barnstone Studios. Before that, I fell in love with Abstract Expressionism. It had such a raw explosive power. Barnstone insisted on rigor, the European canon. I am an amalgam of these two explosive forces. Sort of like the forces of the universe which I am trying to understand, but really can't. Yet.
It was probably dumb luck or good fortune back in 1978 when I bought Ralph Mayer’s fourth edition of The Artist’s Handbook. Through the glossary of pigments that was located in the back, I picked up some basic rules that directed my palette. Mr. Mayer itemized each color, its origins and the time it was developed and in use. This guide helped me select and limit the colors and shades in the pictures that I paint, ensuring accuracy to their period in history. This started my career. Recently I saw some of the stuff that I painted way back in the 80’s. It looked as crisp and as accurate as the day it was done – Arslonga vita brevis – so I’ll just carry on. It’s hard to believe that it has now been over thirty five years of showing paintings and meeting the nicest people from all over America.
ADRIENNE TRAFFORD’S vibrant and whimsical award-winning art is influenced by artists who were also inspired by color – Van Gogh, Gauguin, Klimt, Mucha, as well as Japanese manga artists. Her strength lies in her use and passion for color in all forms, from abstract to life drawing, landscape to still life. Adrienne works with watercolor and ink and also with acrylics on canvas and wood. She works as both a fine artist and illustrator and is the “official artist laureate and creator of the official mascots – Spike and Tilly” for Humane Society Management Services. During her college years, Adrienne spent time studying art in Europe, which has had a huge influence on her work. She graduated from Kutztown University with a BFA but took time off from art to start a family. She has been an independent artist full-time for the last 15 years. Adrienne’s work is collected throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, France, South America, Lebanon and Japan. She now works full-time in her own studio at an art center in her hometown and shows and sells regularly in galleries across her community. She has also designed sets for local theater and does much charity work because she feels it’s important to give back some of the good fortune she has acquired from her art. Adrienne is a published author/illustrator for Schiffer Publishing, takes commissions on a regular basis and produces amazing art and images, which enhance promotional, advertising, and communications appeal and success.
It is more interesting to me to see what lies in the Silence. In this series it's the grace, the dedication, the sacrifice, the exhaustion, the contemplation, the reflection, the determination, the quiet of a morning walk and the stillness of a house, or the creature that lingers staring out at you as you pass by content in their own silence, the words that are not spoken among friends.
~ MARY HOLTON, IN THE SILENCE
My artistry reflects a quiet rebellion against literal reality while remaining grounded in an appreciation for the beauty contained in our everyday environment.I strive to capture light in its various phases, to present subjects and detail with a looseness and freedom that do not violate the integrity of those elements.For most of my work I choose the forcefulness of a knife rather than a brush stroke to apply my palette, to create a tactile, textural painting that the viewer is free to touch, enter and be part of.I paint to share a vision with the viewer of the uncommon in the common, eliminating the unnecessary elements that distract, a wabi-sabi approach to art: "if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi." Leonard Koren
Art reflects experience and much of what I have produced in the past has reflected my personal visual experience. In both my tile and vessel work, I have drawn from encounters with ancient Mediterranean monuments, Islamic architectural embellishments, Persian rug patterns, South Asian temple architecture, and East African material culture.
My work is motivated by concern for our contemporary world and current events. These pottery pieces are based on historic Middle Eastern forms. I wish to call attention to work that represents to me the great loss I feel, first for the human victims of the current conflict in that region, and second, for the lost, stolen, or destroyed antiquities which represent Humanities’ cradle of civilization.
Personal experiences besides my rich visual memory have shaped my perspective. In 1979 I saw the desperate faces of Palestinian children in a West-Bank refugee camp. In 1982 I worked with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and in 2001 I worked with Tutsi and Hutu Refugees from Burundi in North-Western Tanzania. I have not experienced war first hand, but these encounters have moved me to a place where I must do something with my work that has a positive impact and encourages those who feel trapped, oppressed and at the mercy of world powers acting out of self-interest and not for the common good.
I grew up in a Mennonite community valuing peace and believing in non-resistance. This perspective linked with life overseas where it was easier to view the USA through others eyes, has made it difficult to accept a foreign policy that disregards concerns of our allies and squanders post-911 goodwill. Admitting our mistakes can be a first step toward healing the wounds of this conflict.
Continuing a policy of arrogance and unjustified aggression will only breed more hatred for the land we love.
I hope contemplation of this work encourages creative re-thinking of the path to security and peace.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso
Join us as we honor the art of drawing with our first Call for Artists of its kind. The Call was open to artists that are both emerging and established and was curated by the esteemed, Dr. Robert A. Nelson. In the exhibition, Nelson selected his "Award of Excellence" and then went on to give a nod to 2nd and 3rd place and two honorable mentions. View the exhibit through September 1 at the Gallery, or online by clicking on the image.
*Image by Ben T Leech, "First Reformed" received the "Award of Excellence".
Our Second Annual Holiday Exhibition, Small Salon II, bring's your favorite core group of CityFolk Artists and Selected Guest Artists.
All are original works of art from $50.00 - $300.00 Available to take with you immediately making them great for gifting, even to yourself!
December 1 through December 31.
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