March 2014 - Featuring Vonnie Gaither
"A splash here, a line there, maybe a background, maybe a foreground, or maybe not, in all honesty, I just don’t know. This is my style. Each canvas, board, or paper carries its own story. Each has its own emotions and uniqueness. Like Jackson Pollock, I lay my surfaces flat on the floor, covering them with rhythmic colors of acrylic paint. Different from Pollock is that my pours become forms, not just splatters, and my drips are whimsical, somewhat controlled lines.
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I moved to Alaska in 1970 and attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage. In 1990 I began professionally displaying my paintings in various Alaska coffee shops, offices, retail stores and selected galleries. In 2002 I participated in a First Friday Exhibit at October Gallery in Philadelphia and Ninth Life Gallery in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. My love for art is as long as the days God has allow me to awaken. Even though I have no idea what the future holds, I do dream of the day when I can just be me, an “Artist”. My eventual goal is to experience the excitement of showing my work in larger galleries, nationally and perhaps internationally.
My original medium was water based tempera. Presently I use an assortment of various textures of acrylic paint. My art is forever changing, it has gone from Peter Max’s hard-edge style to the seemingly uncontrolled Pollock drips, to my quick, bold whimsical lines and forms, which may appear to be dense layers of color topped with uneven strokes and drippings. Some may classify my art as being contemporary, others as abstract. What really matters to me is that my art is enjoyed. To know my art is to know me. It is through my art I find joy. ~Vonnie Gaither