art studio, collage, color, composition, cultural identity, emotional impact, energetic brushwork, figurative painting, intuition, meditative stance, music, people watching, simple shapes, Touchstone Gallery DC
Paula Lantz always watches people as she goes about her day–in a restaurant, on the Metro, in a park or grocery store. Or at the mall. These folks aren’t doing much; just going about the business of living, but Paula wonders what each one is thinking or feeling, and makes a mental note of her guesses.
It may seem odd to others, but this ordinary activity inspires Paula to paint abstracted portraits. “Using bold colors, collage, energetic brushwork, and simple shapes, I seek emotional impact,” she states.
Back in her studio, Paula is alone as she turns on the music and begins each painting.
She allows her mind “go into the zone,” as the popular phrase goes. This meditative stance helps her to connect to the spirit she intuited in each person she has observed. While painting abstractly, she seeks the subtlety and drama that connects us all as part of the human family. Thus each of these figures becomes an icon or artifact recognized by viewers as representing some aspect of our common cultural identity.
Look for Paula’s May solo exhibition of figures Do I Know You? at Touchstone Gallery from May 4 – 29, 2016 Reception: Friday May 13, 6-8:30pm http://www.touchstonegallery.com