“I am a self-taught artist who is interested in conveying depth, serenity, and fluidity in my painting. Line, color, and shape inform my approach, but ultimately a painting for me only works when it captures a particular mood. I want my art to engage and even challenge the viewer, requiring him or her to retrace the steps I took during the creative process.
My technique is, perhaps more regimented than most abstract painters. I usually approach a canvas with a particular endpoint in mind. After each session, I examine the work, reevaluate my goals, and sketch out on paper my new vision for the painting. A particular work may go through dozens of iterations before a final version emerges. Trading acrylics for oils has reinforced this deliberate process. A quote from Richard Diebenkorn, which I keep in my studio, serves as a reminder that painting is a journey that requires both imagination and dedication: ” I can never accomplish what I want-only what I would have wanted had I thought of it beforehand.”
Ideally, the end product is surprising and familiar all at once. I consider a painting a success when I’m able to find the right balance between these two competing ideas.” — Neal