Stunning jewel tones, layered brushstrokes and texture are intuitively used by abstract artist Ruth-Anne Siegel. Visit her website to learn more about this artist.
I was born in New York City and knew from a very young age that I would be an artist. Going to museums, galleries, and a plethora of outdoor art shows inspired me to fulfill my dream and pursue art in college.
Being practical, I studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design. I’ve worked as a graphic designer ever since graduating, although I have found that painting releases my true spirit making me artistically free.
The medium I most often use is acrylic paint on cradled hardboard. Sometimes I use canvas or even oil paint or collage. I also use any implement that I can find in the hardware store. Besides high-end brushes, my tools include plastic putty knives, small foam rollers and brayers. The ends of my brushes and bamboo skewers are used often to inscribe into the paint and make texture.
Layer on top of layer on top of layer is how I work. My favorite item to paint on is an unsuccessful painting. It’s amazing how reacting to what is already laid down on the canvas allows me to be uninhibited.
Painting provides the freedom to capture my memories and impressions of colors and light as I go through my day. When I’ve completed a painting, I sometimes am surprised by what I’ve painted.
The image can be a recollection from my childhood or what I noticed at a stop sign yesterday. I don’t usually know what I’m painting while I’m painting – only when I’m done. Of course, only I can recognize these images. They are purely abstract.
Living in California, I am also inspired by the bright sunlight and year-round bold flowers whose colors inform my brightest paintings.
My color palette sets my artwork apart from others. Layer upon layer of bright pinks, blues, and orange explode on the surface to make up the foundation of my paintings.
I paint purple, white, yellow circles, stripes, and even more circles over the initial jewel-tone layers. I love the process of painting by exploring the medium and constantly challenging myself.