We each experience art as we do the world, in a unique way. Our perceptions and understandings are influenced by the countless interactions we have had with people, places, and things, both remembered and forgotten. We edit those interactions intentionally and unintentionally, shaping our evolving perspective.
Our perspective is what generates an immediate reaction to an abstract painting. To love it or not, to linger on it or pass it by, to feel its impact. All this using only our sense of sight. It is the colors, values, lines, shapes, marks, and textures that draw a viewer in to experience a painting, rather than accurately depicting the visual appearance of its subject.
While an artist’s inspiration for an abstract painting can be tangible, that vision may or may not be apparent or even known to the viewer. And even if known, the viewer still can see other things in the painting, some of which may even have been in the subconscious of the painter while creating the art.
The most important thing to me about a viewer seeing an abstract painting of mine is for them to experience it fully, without preconceived opinions about what it should be. If it touches their heart, moves them to smile, brings them a sense of peacefulness, helps them see the beauty of the world in a new way, or otherwise transports or impacts them in a meaningful way, then they will have experienced it fully.