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Patricia Mayhew-Hamm

May 19, 2016 | 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Painting is Poetry

Open M-F 9am-4:30pm | Th 9am-7pm

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 Artist's Statement

 "I do not paint realistically, because I feel in realism there are no surprises.   What you see is always the same, whereas, in non-objective work, such as mine, there are, hopefully, new things to discover all the time. I want to interpret what I see, by the use of design, color, contrast and composition.

I would like my work to be an escape from mediocrity by combining abstract shapes with shapes found in nature.  My work is interplay between transparent and opaque.     The viewer should feel a color impact at first sight, and then find compositional variables, depth and subtleties upon further observation.  Curvilinear qualities are also very evident in my work, due largely, to years of calligraphic work.

I usually have coloration in mind, but not often subject matter. I start with a wet on wet approach, with each progressing layer of color becoming drier and more defined.

When I begin a painting, I very rarely draw anything on the paper.  I don't want to be limited by pre-set ideas.  Some of my work ends up completely different than it started. It can go through several metamorphoses before I am happy with it.

For quite a few years now I've been painting watercolor on Yupo, which is not paper but plastic.  It is a challenge and some artists hate it, and I love it.  I find it exciting as you cannot control what happens.  I just drop wet juicy paint onto it, and see what happens, then work it into a composition with which I'm happy. The colors stay brilliant and strong. Most of my work, at this time, is on Yupo.

My latest challenge is using alcohol inks on Yupo.  They are brilliant in color and immediate. Yupo loves them.

For the last several years I've been adding various media to my work.  I use liquid watercolor, gouache, fluid acrylic, inks, watercolor pencils, craft paints and  metal powders.  As my tools, I use large brushes, sponges, spray bottles, salt, wax paper, plastic wrap, wax, acrylic media, tapes, scratchers, crayons and just about anything that intrigues me.

Art is my passion. If I couldn't paint, I would find some other outlet for my need to create art.  I've been an artist, I think, since I was born.  I have been painting for years and the longer I keep at it, the more the creativity grows.

My mind is often on overload, and I can't get the ideas out fast enough, and some of these roads lead to chance encounters filled with delight.          


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