Stephanie C. Holznecht

"I invest in the creation of a piece of art to convey what I have inside: my thinking, my emotions, my life, my essence and my soul. The inspiration that I take from experiencing life creates a feeling that continues to inspire me. I don’t think that is something I will ever lose."

Living on the Edge - Acrylic, fluid acrylic, tempera and latex paint on canvas 127 x 101.60 cm

“Originally from England, I immigrated to the USA in 1978. Attending university upon arrival, I obtained a BA in graphic design and fine art. I worked for many years in the design industry. I am originally a realist, drawing animals and people in pen and ink. A number of abstract workshops changed my direction and opened up my emotions, allowing me to be totally open and free with my paintings.

For me, it is important to create what I feel. My abstract art is an extension of myself, full of passion and emotions, all playing a part in my creative process. The sights running through my mind create the desire to paint in a more free-flowing, expressive form, coming from a part of me that is vulnerable and raw.

As an abstract artist, I view the world from a different perspective. It has become a way of life for me, ruling the images I see as I experience my day, provoking thoughts for my next painting. Sometimes the emotions I feel are exhilarating, sometimes demoralizing. It depends on the situations and environments in which I find myself. So many sensations are evoked by the smallest of details. The world becomes overwhelming, with everything my mind has to process. Painting allows me to pour these feelings out onto the canvas. It becomes my quiet time, where I can relax and just enjoy the moment.

My mixed media paint artwork can contain many or few elements. It depends on how I feel that day. I use acrylic, fluid acrylic, tempera, and latex paint in different combinations. I move the paint around the canvas in a strong decisive manner, knowing my emotions are guiding me. A few moves of my utensils create a window into my soul; open and free from outside influences, yet my emotions have their roots there. The finished piece is a complexity of mixed emotions that form a meaningful piece of art: a window into my soul. My goal is always to evoke some emotion from the viewer. Good or bad, there should always be something there for others to draw their own conclusions.”

Wild Country - Acrylic, fluid acrylic, tempera and latex paint on canvas 101.60 x 76.20 cm
Over the Top - Acrylic, tempera and latex paint on canvas 101.60 x 76.20 cm
Stealing the Showing - Acrylic, fluid acrylic, tempera and latex paint on canvas 121.92 x 91.44 cm
Rampage - Acrylic, fluid acrylic, tempera and latex paint on canvas 121.92 x 91.44 cm
Sparks of Happiness - Acrylic, tempera and latex paint 36 x 36 in.
Brighter Days Ahead - Acrylic, fluid acrylic and latex paint 48 x 36 in.
Conflicting Emotions - Acrylic, tempera and latex paint 36 x 38 in.
Fan Fare - Acrylic, fluid acrylic, tempera and latex paint 36 x 36 in.
Sweet Dreams - Acrylic, fluid acrylic, tempera and latex paint 36 x 36 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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