Artist Statement: John J. Abisch
Since my youth, drawing and being out in nature has occupied my keenest interests. My desire to paint flows from these two sources. The process of painting affords me a time of relaxation, contemplation and satisfaction. It is my desire to communicate the beauty and harmony of the natural world through my artwork. When someone views one of my paintings, it is my hope that in some way, they partake in that same emotional response which inspired me to paint the subject or scene.
The inspiration to paint comes from my initial response to the abstract patterns of lights and darks before me. Once the major shapes and patterns are assessed, I rough in a sketch on the canvas or paper. From a limited palette of colours, I then mix my colours and values. Using the largest brush possible, I will rough in the major shapes. Normally, I work from the sky to the background and then to the foreground. In plein-air painting, this procedure may vary due to changing light patterns. When my execution is in synch with my inspiration and observation, I experience a flow and confidence as the painting evolves and takes form. When the painting says enough of what I believe it should communicate about the “spirit” of place or subject, I put down the larger brush and use some smaller brushes for some detail.
My work has evolved over the years as I have availed myself of several workshops. It is essential to cultivate a heart willing to learn from others so that my methods and techniques improve. I certainly have not “arrived”. The artist’s journey is life long. It is my hope to be ever learning and evolving in my work.
In an increasingly rapid, tense and troubled world “lost in cyber space” and largely disconnected from the natural world, it is my desire that my artwork communicate the solace of “Beauty” and “Harmony”. If, through my artwork, I can inspire the viewer the desire to get out in nature for the refreshment of his or her spirit, I will have succeeded in my mission as an artist.