Millie Clarke

Millie Clarke

My life took on a new dimension when I decided to try painting. I had thought about it for many years, with the emphasis on “many.” I’ve always loved the paintings of Van Gogh and Picasso so I began by copying one of each artist. I learned that I could copy pretty well, so then it was time to find my own way. I’m still on an exploration learning new methods and trying new materials. Like my mentors, I became an abstract painter learning the meaning of the expression “The Agony and the Ecstasy.”

I am an acrylic abstract artist who enjoys using texture in my paintings to achieve depth. The joy I feel comes from the unexpected surprises that arise from mixing colors and methods. The agony comes at the beginning when I am looking at a blank canvas. After all, I am an abstract artist, so a new painting comes from my mind, my hands, and usually not from the things around me. I continue to learn by experimenting and seeking the counsel of other artists. I have embraced Pablo Picasso’s philosophy, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order to learn how to do it.”

A statement that I read on the wall of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, stays with me. It said that at the end of World War II, “a work of art was no longer considered a window on the world, a portrayal of a person, or place but an autonomous, living object.” I hope that my abstract paintings inspire people to think, to feel, to give them an emotional charge…for each person to bring his/her own experiences to the viewing. It doesn’t matter what is seen, just felt.

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