I chose this artist Cliff Warner this week because I am working with the figure in my own work. I admire his line quality and how he incorporates the background into the figure yet still keeping the figure important. I am going to screen print in my figure just in areas in order to connect the figure with it's surroundings. I think that we as humans are and should be connected to the space that surrounds us. Sometimes because of technology we feel isolated somewhat and I want to show more of a connectiveness with our surroundings. I feel an emotional response when I look at his work and that is what I want to evoke in my work. I have always been interested in the expressing the human emotion in an abstract way. i have always been fascinated in what makes people do and think the way they do. I am a problem solver by instinct and trying to understand the human psyche is important in my work. Since my work is about sharing human emotions to turbulent experiences Warner's work ties in with this theme.
My recent work is also working with a limited palate which Warner also works with. I intend to create figures more abstract in the future that's why I included the last artwork. I love the brush strokes, line quality and expressiveness of the peice against a very simplified background. Sometimes less is more and that is what I am striving for. My own work starts out complicate and chaotic then I go back in and simplify them down. My goal is to start out more simplified then create some tension and contrast without over complicating the work. I am constantly challenging myself with different materials to create different affects. I like his use of acrylic paint, pastels and conte crayon as I include these mediums in my work. I also like the softness and gentleness of his work. My work tends to be more intense so maybe I can create a contrast with a soft background and a more intense figure or soft figure with an intense background.