Making the invisible visible

Abstract Expressionism, this kind of painting, gives form to the formless, and makes the invisible, visible.” Steve Aimone

My work station in Maine, 2018, painting with Steve Aimone

My work station in Maine, 2018, painting with Steve Aimone

Memories….formless, and invisible, yet vibrant with life. This summer I remember two summers past, and workshops with Steve Aimone.

When I first went to Maine in 2014 to work with Steve, the purpose was not to document or narrate any information with representational imagery. Rather, the purpose is to see elements on the picture plane, how they relate to one another, and from an intuitive place respond to the process. That's the story.....intuition and interrelationship .

In 2018, I was awarded a Professional Development Grant by United Arts Council, which aided in my going back to work with Steve in Maine.

The second workshop I was more familiar with not so much painting with “purpose” but painting responsively. Responsively from a place deep within my soul. Responsively to colors on the canvas, boldness or lyricism of line, positive and negative space.

So as summer of 2019 approaches, and I am reflecting on my memories of Maine 2018, I feel I am learning to dive deeper within. It is easier to respond and be intuitive. Easier to be less critical and more familiar with the space of the picture plane. But I am discovering how much more discipline I need to cultivate to feel comfortable stepping back, breathing, and letting the painting lead in the dance.

Maine Event, 2018. Mixed Media on canvas, 24 x 24 inches. Collection of the Artist

Maine Event, 2018. Mixed Media on canvas, 24 x 24 inches. Collection of the Artist


I’m becoming aware that in order to give form to the formless, and make the invisible visible, I must be quiet enough to feel the formless and see the invisible within my own soul.



I am grateful to United Arts Council for affording me this opportunity. The Professional Development Grant is funded and administered by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. This project is supported by N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The program is operated in partnership with Franklin County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Vance County Arts Council and Warren County Arts Council.

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