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I paint people, scenes, and interiors, but for me, the subject matter is secondary to how light affects the subject matter and the interesting shadows and shapes it creates. I love shadows! I always use a palette knife because I enjoy the textures it creates in the paint. The knife helps me to get to the “essence” of the subject and not get caught up in the details. When I draw, i’m not interested in outside lines but, again, in the light or the values. If I succeed in getting these, then I’ve created recognizable objects. Sometimes it’s a surprise to me to see what happens right before my eyes!
Please join us for Meet the Artist to learn more about Debra’s techniques and inspirations.
I am inspired by colour, texture and interesting metal objects everyday in my surroundings and enjoy expressing this in my artwork. My medium of choice is acrylic applied with a large brush to form bright colour blended lines and a pallet knife for interesting textures. I tell a story through my paintings of man and machine, elements of nature paired with our manufactured environment of industrial metal. I often search through local recycling plants to find metal objects that I can restore or blowtorch and transform into sculptures to complement my paintings. This gives me satisfaction in both my creativity and my additional contribution to recycling.
To find out more about Barbara’s exhibit, please look for her lunchtime lecture on our events page. Barbara will also be teaching how to create personal jewelry in 15164 Jewelry Creation: Copper Cuff Design.
My paintings are inspired by local forests. I start with photographs. Then I deconstruct in my mind their content through erasing and purging out the elements of original composition and I begin to build a base creating new shapes and choosing line and colour that emulate the gesture of the photographed environment. The illusion of the landscape rests now upon this newly built layer. I consider the double play as a challenge in abstract organization of a painting and as a compromise facilitating my emotional connection to beauty and forces of Nature. The dual practice obscures the boundaries between natural and abstract painting. The process of a incorporating the layers of spontaneity and analysis, imaginary and real spaces brings tension, surprises, and discoveries.
To find out more about Grazyna’s exhibit, please look for her closing reception on our events page.
Credits of artworks listed in the order that they appear: Credits of artworks listed in the order that they appear:
Debra Lengyell, Almost There, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches
Barbara Di Renzo, Adorned, 2015, Acrylic & Recycled Material on Canvas, 8 x 27 inches
Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Echoes of Growth, 2013, Acrylic on Wooden Panel.