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Shelly Graham Turner - painter


Artist Statement

As an abstract expressionist artist working from a strong focus upon layers  —  layers discoverable not only through my creative technique, but discoverable as mysteries within myself  —  my intention is to create marks, processes and experiences that honor, identify and bear witness to my inner most self.

Using elements of art such as lines, shape, and color to express my emotions on the most intimate level gives me deep connection to my work, and a feeling of worthiness at having created a mirror of my feelings, especially as others respond to these elements.

Exploring layers is a medium through which I can share my passion for encouragement, communicate my commitment to inspiring and treasuring others, and mirror enthusiasm for life both personally and within community. 

With each work I find my confidence growing as I search for connections and a sense of belonging to this place and time.

Artistic Process

  1. I start with a stark white canvas/other substrate.
  2. I break-in the canvas by making random marks of many sizes/weights using many different mediums in black (similar to Franz Kline).
  3. I add color, lots of color, using many mediums (liquid watercolor, acrylic markers, inks, oil and chalk pastels, water-soluble pencils and crayons, etc.), AND techniques (collage with painted papers and magazine clippings, special papers; cold wax, foil, etc.) - here it can go in and out of the UGLY stage many times.
  4. I study my work, allowing it to "talk to me."  This step continues throughout whole creative process. 
  5. I add layers, subtract layers, deconstruct it in some cases, using sanders, razors or other instruments, creating marks and texture. During this stage is usually where I incorporate my mark-making techniques, which I have been told, defines my style.
  6. After living with it a bit (which can range anywhere from 10 minutes to months/years), I repeat steps 3 – 5 until I am in love with it (or totally want to gesso over the whole thing!).
  7. I take a gazillion process photos along the way.  As I create, I tend to share on my social media accounts, macrophotos of pieces of the work.


You can see more of Shelly's work at her site https://www.sgturnerart.com/.

©2022 Shelly Graham Turner. All rights reserved. Duplication is not allowed without permission.



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