Deb Chaney Biography
These bodies of work of contemporary abstract paintings began in 2009 and continues to evolve today. Each of my paintings is an echo of my own personal evolution and life journey. I begin with a white sheet of roughly textured 23” x 30” 300 pound watercolour paper, a palette knife, some heavy body acrylic paint and the compelling need to create. In the beginning I often don’t know what the painting is about. As the process evolves, I learn about the painting and myself. Each painting can be a culmination of up to 20-30 layers added and taken away, taking anywhere from a week to several months to reach completion.
During this time I am in a relationship with this piece, understanding what the painting has to teach me and show me. Often there is contradiction and tension – fuel for the creative fire. The blending and glazing of colours, the scratching and removing of paint to reveal under colours, the embedding of collage ephemera, the use of pencil and conte markings and scribblings all expressions of feelings of the beauty and the pain, the freedom and the frustration, the evolution and sense of being suspended in time, all encompassed in this journey of life. All these paintings are the fragments of my life.
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