Artist Statement

abstract painting in artist statement

A Slender Thread #2, acrylic on canvas, 12x12x1.5 inches. ©Ann Hart Marquis

I am an Abstract painter. When I paint, I ask myself how this painting is going to bring to the viewer an emotional connection with the natural world. I build and reveal a sense of place and movement in my paintings by first using paint to lay down a background color, then a thick application of paint, charcoal, and ink to give the image depth and a sense of terrain. I like to incorporate mark-making techniques with various tools such as corrugated cardboard paper, a large kitchen spatula or the sharp side of a palette knife.

Many of my paintings ask the viewer to consider the beauty, fragility and health of our environment. I paint the beauty that I see around me or in my imagination.  I aspire to capture the beauty that exists even in unlikely places.