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Rough, raw, surreal—that is my philosophy; people have said that they prefer seeing the brush strokes on the raw canvas, a kind of Abstract Realism, maybe.
My creative process consists of looking at a picture, Mother Nature, having a dream, or staring long enough at one spot to see something (a Leonardo da Vinci influence). Change those normal things just a bit. Sometimes I just have an idea out of the clear blue. I start painting it, and it takes off in a completely different direction.
I make those ideas into various surreal, almost organic landscapes to keep the audience thinking, not just have them glaze over the work like zombies. They stop at my work and think: "Oh wait, that looks like something familiar, but not quite normal." I change the traditional idea of an ordinary scene to an alternate reality. I feel it should be in your face. With the thick paint you can almost feel the emotions that the landscapes portray. I want viewers to have free reign of their emotions, not what they think they see or should see.
I use from 1-3 brushes and maybe 2-5 colors. There is no method of how I start, the bottom first, or the foreground, left, or right. I've been painting and drawing for about 15 years. It seems I run the gamut when it comes to my influences—the dark, emotional pieces of Munch to the French Impressionists of Pisarro and van Gogh.
Regina Stewart, Executive Director