Fresh Paint: Watermedia Abstractsby
ExhibitFebruary 28 to April 27, 2017
Join us for a complimentary receptionFriday, March 24
6 to 8pm
A portion of all art sale proceeds will benefit the Brazos Valley Art League.
About the Artist
Hailey E. Herrera is a watermedia artist, working in watercolor, watercolor batik, ink, and acrylic. Growing up in South Korea, she has painted on and off since she was seven. She moved to the United States in 1996 for graduate studies and received her PhD at Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2004. She worked as a research scientist and lecturer for a short period before taking community art classes and then painting watercolor in earnest. She has developed a palette that is vibrant, bright and rich with incredible depth and wonderful tonal ranges. She is a co-author of the book, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor by Walter Foster Publishing. As evidenced in the book, her paintings reflect her love for the colors and proficient ability to control water.
My inspiration comes from nature and my surroundings; I paint them representationally with my own interpretation of shapes and colors. In 2016, my interest turned to abstract painting. When I look at shapes, colors, and textures in my paintings, I perceive they can be transformed into abstract elements. I want to explore possibilities and grow my imagination and visual sensibility, bringing them together into my paintings to create something more intuitive. The work displayed here is an ongoing study and experimentation in watermedia abstract painting.
I find beauty in imperfect shapes and incomplete things as in Wabi-Sabi though I don’t fully understand its Japanese philosophies. Inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, I love working with freeform lines or shapes in my abstract paintings. Unless I have a specific theme in my mind, I begin with some calligraphic lines without a preconceived idea or result. If I like a certain theme or color combination, I work in a pair or series, in effort to see which permutations or combinations bring a more pleasing result. In the process of interplaying lines and shapes spontaneously, an idea emerges and the painting reveals something new my intuition and emotion responds to. This spontaneous decision process leads to a fascinating and unconventional result.