The Island of My Eye by Karen Phillips-Curran
Studio A : March 23 – April 10 2012
Celebrating 25 years of watercolours
Artist’s statement: I am most inspired by light. My subject matter may change and shift, but light remains the constant. Sometimes it’s the light through the trees, or on a path, against a sky, in a puddle. Other times it is the dappled light on a wall, a gate, a shutter, or a door. The depth of a blackbird on a snow-covered field holds the same attraction. Light, contrast, is visual candy. It is sweet, occasionally bittersweet.
I choose a medium to suit the flavour and the intensity that I want to impart. Sometimes I use my tried-and-true watercolour, but my facility with acrylic, pastel, collage, alternative photography, or a mix of any of these, can satisfy the muse. Part of the journey is to tactilely manage the medium, with the message. I always ask myself which is the best voice to use for this . . . Unlike many other professional artists, I tend to move around my media, asking them to play with me, to capture even more of the essence required, to create the message.
Born in Canada, her work is collected at home, the United States, Bermuda and Europe. Karen currently lives in Burnstown Ontario.