Capturing the Dreamby
ExhibitJanuary 3 to February 25
Join us for a complimentary receptionFriday, January 27
6 to 8pm
About the Artist
Irma Ward was born in St. Louis, Missouri but couldn't wait to move to Texas. After completing her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, she continued her education, both formally and informally, as she pursued her interest in the arts. Irma earned certification as a Fine Art Instructor from the Liliedahl School of Traditional Oil Painting and currently teaches painting in her North Arlington studio. Before starting her second career as an artist, Irma worked full time for American Airlines.
My aim with abstraction is to draw interest with color and the interplay of line and shape within in a larger atmosphere. Keeping in mind the elements of design that make a good painting, I am most interested in finding ways to make a limited color palette the "voice" of the painting. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, some are concrete and some are from dreams. I am, also, inspired by the works of abstract expressionists. Initially, I work from sketches with a particular palette in mind. Once I start working on the canvas, ideas start flowing and the painting may take on a different form. I love the quote by Marc Chagall: "What I mean by 'abstract' is something which comes to life spontaneously through a gamut of contrasts, plastic at the same time as psychic, and pervades both the picture and the eye of the spectator with conceptions of new and unfamiliar elements."