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Eric Abrecht’s work appears in galleries throughout the country and is collected worldwide. He primarily focuses on landscapes, while also working with the figure and still life pieces.. Abrecht works conceptually, drawing from life experiences, and allows the subject of each painting to evolve as he works the canvas. Rather than titling each piece, Abrecht gives more open titles for the work. “This allows the viewer to apply their own feelings and experiences to each piece, without bias,” he says. “I want to give people the opportunity to connect with my work in a way that is different from the person standing next to them.”
Every day Barbara looks forward to creating art that will convey the same sense of beauty to the viewer that inspired the artist. She approaches her canvas with a concept and allows her mind, body and the inspiration found in her faith in God to bring the concept to fruition. Barbara's art may include energetic brushwork, palette knife work, soft passages of blended paint or a heavy build-up of paint. She strives for just enough variety without too much unity so as to capture the viewer’s attention.
I’m constantly striving to spend less time with each painting. To represent form with fewer brush strokes and a simpler palette. To rely on the minds eye to do the work for me. I work from sketches, photographs and scrap. After creating a rough composition, I execute the painting quickly, avoiding overworking and overthinking. I draw my inspiration from many different sources. The Bay Area figurative artists, the colorist approach of Fairfield Porter and the abstraction of Nicolas de Stael. In my most recent body of work, I’ve returned to my roots on the Maine coast. The water has always been a central theme in my life. I never tire of the endless combinations of color and form. Its meditative effects always juxtaposed with its underlying ferocity. While the repetition of horizontal bands and geometric shapes abstract the scene and calm the mind — the aggressive handling of brush and paint mimic the fluidity and raw energy of the subject matter.
As an abstract painter, I am often torn between two worlds, feeling that I am most fulfilled and balanced when working in both of them. The first is the world of color, texture and movement. Using a number of mediums, I can manipulate them in a variety of ways, being led to create pieces that I feel are kinetic and energetic, instilling within the viewer a sense of hope and joy. Simultaneously I am also drawn to the monochromatic and contemplative, desiring a large canvas filled with no more that two or three colors, but invites a more methodical approach without compromising sophistication and method. The process for these two styles of painting is quite similar, creating multiple layers of paint amidst mark making and texturing. Whatever style I am working in, I find it to be a focused and meditative practice, allowing me to follow my intuition. Rather than clashing, these two styles lend a complimentary blend to my work, satisfying the need to communicate bold energy as well as quiet reflection.
Strickfaden works with the artistry of color, line and texture to portray a singular interpretation of her connection with nature and the ocean in her Abstract works. The pieces show principles of design, composition and texture, translucent and opaque dripped color, and layering. She draws inspiration from the colors of the ocean and landscape, yet interprets them in an organically shaped abstract application. These pieces are a mixed media of recycled house paint, ink and pastel and/or oil stick either on wood panel or canvas. Strickfaden is constantly perfecting her art, always pushing, changing, and trying new approaches to her work. She looks for inspiration in the beauty and color of everyday life. She feels that without this constant change, her work would be lifeless.