My Paintings include both Non-Objective and Abstract Expressionist work. Non-Objective differs from Abstract in that it is not based in reality. It is paint on canvass with a focus on color, shape, and especially movement in its space - positive and negative. When people ask what it is, I reply, “It’s a painting.” Still, viewers have strong opinions on what each painting represents. At a show last year, two women brought me over to a large canvass to settle a dispute as they each clearly saw different subjects. When asked, “Who’s right?” I took a step back and, pointing to each lady, said, “You are.” Another woman thanked me for the obvious support of women's rights that she saw in my paintings.
As Anais Nin wrote: "We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.”
For this very reason, each painting is a great companion, talking to its viewer and sharing changing visions. I sometimes feel that I'm being pulled into an alien landscape, and it's akin to a refreshing meditation. I also paint from each side of the canvass in order to keep a the movement and balance flowing in each direction. For that reason, I sign on 2 corners and the paintings can be rotated and hung with any of the four sides as a base. Open your mind. What do you see when you look at my paintings?
Part of my process is to sit with a painting in progress and, rather than force myself on it, allow it to speak to me. Music helps evoke a mood, and I even dance and/or sing while searching for the next strokes. For more on my method, see http /florence20.typepad.com/renaissance/2014/02/technology-and-my-passion-don-berk-and-art.html.
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