I've been getting lots of questions about my painting process, so, with as little fuss as possible, here goes–
Trained in studio art, graphic design, and landscape architecture, I have a broad background in art and design, and enjoy many techniques and styles. Deeply imprinted to lands I've been exploring since childhood, painting cultivates connection and honors my kinship to the natural world.
The last bunch of years, as a full-time painter, I've settled into a sort of abstract expressionism as my process of choice. There's no plan in sight when I begin a painting–no drawings, no sketching on the canvas, no preconceived ideas, just an open mind, a lifetime of experience, some paint, and my brush. Don't get me wrong–I like to draw and sketch, just not as preparation for painting.
My painting process flows from the brain through the brush in the moment. It's entirely spontaneous and unpredictable. Oddly, I find the lack of certainty soothing. Painting connects me to myself, and at the same time, frees me from that very same self. It's about willingness to trust.
When it's going well, painting takes the snippets and shards that make my life and releases them onto canvas in a voyage of curiosity, authenticity, skill, and perspective.
Many of these things are, of course, hard won over time...and...wait for it...experience. Nature knows it. Living humans like me need to remember it. Whether by choice or by chance, we are what we do. We are the sum of our experiences. For the moment, I'm going to keep painting. Then...out into the sunshine! How about you?
Artist and naturalist Michelle Louis has a vigorous curiosity about the natural world. Her abstract landscape paintings cultivate connection to the lands she explores.
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