Paula Herman visual artist
My work as an artist began with photographs, cyanotypes and artist books. Since becoming a painter I've called upon this past, combining fragments of photographs with painting and drawing. Sometimes I deconstruct a painting and create a new work from each part. These combined become a larger whole. More recently I have painted the same subject at different times and seasons. Most recently I have used monotypes as this vehicle .
I paint from life but alter what I see, giving the real world a new reality: figures burst from live oak and creatures live in driftwood. Landscapes experienced and photographed become changed in memory. When I moved from New England to north Florida the vibrant light and soft landscape affected the values and hues I used in paintings. Now back in Massachusetts I can abstract elements of my present work and remake them through the lens of past experience. December 2017.
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