My Artist’s Statement

My Artist’s Statement
Inside/Outside (oil) by Polly Castor

Inside/Outside (oil) by Polly Castor

 

For the juried show I’m in currently I had to write an artist statement for them to have on hand to explain my approach, outlook and process.  Here is what I submitted:

Art to me is a process of spiritual discovery.

It’s a connection with life and healing for the artist as well as the viewer. It is not only the outcome of prayer but prayer itself. Deeply contemplative, I portray the beauty of nature, both in the outer world and the inner experience. My goal is to evoke what underlies and encompasses all creation, in representational and abstract forms.

I have always been an artist and continue to work in many mediums: oil, pastel, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, collage, photography, pottery, poetry and even food. I thrive on how these cross-pollinate with one another. My meditative process is grounded in a profoundly active experience of spiritual communion with my Creator. I feel a visceral need to listen to and amplify the good around me. It’s not about self or ego, I am simply impelled to share.

I am passionate about color and can never have too much of it. Enjoying the interplay and juxtaposition of hue, tone, texture and shape, I am fascinated how they contribute unity to the whole. Art resolves issues and raises new questions, which in turn, uncover fresh ideas to explore. Art is freeing, exciting, joy inducing, and percolating with inspiration. Art is a celebration that reveals what authentically resonates with me.

Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

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