Painter Dominique McKenzie shares her abstract portfolio and talks about her sources of inspiration.
ABI: What inspires you to paint?
DM: Everything inspires me to paint, particularly the details of my surroundings, up close designs of nature. Painting from this idea encourages exploration and leads to new possibilities. It is a constant experiment which I do in order to express my inner thoughts and balance composition.
Making art becomes meditation when creativity takes over your mind in constant search of personal satisfaction. The process is exciting and fulfilling. It is fun to erase everything I have been exposed to in order to allow my inspiration and spontaneity to create art.
ABI: How do you create your abstract art, and what techniques do you use?
DM: I start a painting with close-up shots of what captures my attention. Mixing reality with random brushstrokes, I let the experimentation decide what the outcome of the piece will be. I use a diversity of media such as acrylics, gesso, inks, pastels, collages, and tools that seem relevant to create the desired effect.
It is a constant process of building and demolition. I build and apply first randomly following my instincts with no restraint or reason, then proceed to subtract until I end up with the suggestion only of my original idea.
ABI: What plans to you have to promote and share your art with the world?
DM: In order to promote and establish my work in the art world, I believe exposure is essential. I want to narrow down a market that will appreciate the kind of art I produce. Galleries, exhibitions, online competitions and advertising options are vital to reach and share my art with the world.