Through the application of painting and mark making, color, shape and layers of texture, artist Linda Ann Weber creates abstract paintings using her intuitive expression. See more of her art by visiting her website.
Art and creation has always been a key component of my life and is central to my identity as a human being. As a young girl I was always doodling, creating various graphic patterns on paper from my imagination. I studied art at Illinois State University and later received a degree in Visual Communications. Throughout my life I have always taken art classes and workshops to feed my own personal artist voice.
About two years ago, I took an abstract workshop that changed my life and perspective as an artist. I was inspired to change my career path and dedicate my time to exploring abstract expressionist painting.
My collection of paintings called “Graffiti Series” was started in the fall of 2015. The first of the series called Graffiti Series 1-12 was just meant to be a warm-up exercise before I started painting for the day.
I began with small sheets of paper and worked with a limited color palette—red, grey, black and white. The first layer was quick mark making with pencil or crayon. The following layers were a combination of collage with typography and pattern cut out from everyday publications.
I worked on about fifteen of these small paper pieces at a time. The process was very quick and intuitive.
When the collages dried I applied paint; again, this process was very quick and intuitive. After doing several layers of painting, collage and mark making, I felt like these works as a whole could become finished paintings.
The art creation was so satisfying and energizing that I decided to explore works in other primary colors, first blue and then yellow. After working with a vertical format, I switched to a square format working with secondary colors of orange and green.
When I discussed this body of work with an artist friend, she suggested that I choose one or two of the smaller studies and work on a larger scale. That was an interesting challenge because a lot of what comes out of my work comes from the moment and process that is not necessarily planned.
As I started the larger work, I used the basic of composition from the smaller works to build the framework for the larger paintings. I worked with many tools and brushes to create and mimic certain effects.
In the end my “Graffiti Series” is a body of work that explores non-objective painting. Each painting is an extension of who I am and what I feel in the moment.