Instructor: Pamela Huffman.
Saturday │February 29 | 10:00 am-1:00 pm | $75 | beginner | FCA Gallery, 700-B W. Broad St., Falls Church, VA
If you have never painted before, feel like you don’t have a creative bone in your body or don’t know where to begin, the Abstract Acrylics for Absolute Beginners workshop is for you.
I am an abstract acrylic artist who has lived in Falls Church since 1992. I have worked as a graphic designer, an outdoor educator, a birth doula and now an artist.
My art captures my wonder of both the natural world that surrounds me and the internal world of my thoughts and emotions. I turn to art to quiet down, push the thoughts and emotions aside, and communicate in a world beyond words—the world of painting. In my art, I convey my connection to the past and to the natural world of forests and seas simultaneously, giving thanks for all of the moments I’ve experienced in this lifetime. Whether they were happy or sad, filled with regret or hope, I am grateful to have had the experience and to now weave those moments into my artwork.
I work in the abstract because I love the idea that I can make an image with one memory or idea in mind and it can speak of something completely different to the viewer. We have entered that world without words together, through making and viewing my painting. I consider myself an intuitive painter, making marks and following where the painting leads me. I enjoy working with texture and a palette inspired by the outdoors.
As a lifelong learner and educator, I love learning new things—new processes and products fascinate me and I enjoy integrating them into my painting practice. I feel passionately that each of us is an artist and has the ability to create meaningful work; sometimes we need a little help finding that part of us again. I am happy to work with anyone who would like to reconnect with that lost part of themselves and to help them begin an adventure using simply a brush, a canvas and some paint.