While “expressionism,” or painting with emotion, can be traced back to such masters as Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Matisse, “abstract expressionism” takes a more cerebral, or geometric, approach, as in the works of Wassily Kandinsky. Personally, no matter the style or subject, I prefer to paint with both my mind and my emotions.
Whether or not a subject informs the art, this is where line, shape, form and color reign.
“Personality is everything in art and poetry” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Grounded in nature, “figurative” paintings include everything from nudes and portraits to still lifes and landscapes.
Excellent reproductions allow us to enjoy the most exalted masters as well as the humblest upstarts in the stillness of our own surroundings.