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My work is derived from nature, but as seen and remembered through a frenetic mixture of abstract expressionism and impressionism, improvised upon the canvas.
I am a formalist. While I am inescapably drawn to forming a landscape within the picture plane, I also like to see paint be paint, line be line, and texture be texture in the finished work. Color is a tool, bludgeon, friend, and enemy. Sometimes sweet and sometimes saccharin—sometimes describing an emotion or natural element, but color is always the great undertow in my work.
Like the energy of the wind, clouds, rain, and the movement of trees-I like the energy of the paint to shine/survive throughout the work. The work, then, is evidence of the process that created it—from my first brush stroke, to the last—all are still there (well, mostly) in the finished painting. It’s this informality of allowing the process to be recorded in this way that makes paintings interesting to me (whether mine, or others).
My work is sometimes light, and airy—other times, heavy and dense. Sometimes it begins to feel like an archaeological dig, and/or ancient objects, themselves: layers of paint/strata of history built up to an overture, crescendo, then reprise--often familiar but hard to define, and even harder to describe in words.
This is why we paint.
Morton Brown Bio