Merritt Richardson, Featured Artist
Artist Locale: Portland, OR, US
Style of work: Contemporary
Subject matter: Abstracts
Medium: Acrylic and
An abstract painting is my invitation to join a conversation. I am fascinated by the variety of responses and interpretations that the same painting evokes in different people. The meaning in my work truly comes from learning what each person sees in a particular piece or hearing about the emotions or memories that arise as they look at it.
Simplicity that is endlessly complex intrigues me. I love it when the starkness of something very simple captivates and demands attention. Something that seems very straightforward at first glance, but then invites a longer look, revealing unexpected details, tension and depth. These principles inform my artistic style. I seek to achieve a balance of energy and restraint in my work, favoring vibrant, bold color, unexpected contrasts, layering, and rich textures. My approach is mostly intuitive, letting the paint and tools guide the composition and details as I go. Paint, react, paint…until each piece tells me that it is complete.
Creating art fuels me and sharpens my view of the world. Every new piece starts with a chance to broaden my perspective, to challenge my assumptions and to spark a happy dialogue with my audience. At its best, my artwork radiates the passion and positivity that I feel while painting. My goal is to find the potential in the endless flow of ideas I have about how to apply paint onto a canvas with the hope that the result brings joy and delight to the people who see it.