These paintings are based on my own personal, subjective reactions to the world, and a compelling desire to explore and create art that I haven’t seen before.
I am motivated by the ongoing challenge to investigate various ideas and techniques within the confines of line and color, paper, paint and canvas, always looking for a sense of newness and wonder.
What is unknown is far more compelling to me than what is easily understood. Painting somehow satisfies my curiosity about what is mysterious and complex. The techniques developed by the Surrealists and Abstract Expressionists of automatic drawing and painting continue to interest me and to provide a means of facing what is unknown in a highly personal, intuitive way.
My drawing and paintings illustrate hidden stories. Like dreams, these hidden realities are always available to anyone who chooses to seek them out. I want to leave the viewer with a sense of wonder, and the desire to look again and again for complexities that are revealed only gradually, by degrees.
Although my paintings start with a plan, with sketches and notes, I eventually will let go of my predetermined ideas and resolve a painting intuitively. Each work is a blend of control and spontaneous, uncensored action. My images ultimately rely on both the influence of the surrounding environment and my own inner world, exclusive of external reference.
- Julia Pinkham