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artist’s statement

“Western artist stand as humans looking at nature; Eastern artists try to be
one with nature. You become one with nature rather than a portrait of it.”
—Brice Marden

“I am nature”.
—Jackson Polloc

As a contemporary abstract painter, my work is guided by a deeply instinctive and emotional connection to the landscape.  

Growing up in the lush entangled backdrop of Louisiana, I spent most of my time outdoors, catching crawfish, fishing, and floating down the bayou. Memories of the intense blues of the sky and vibrant greens of the vines against the muddy waters find there way into my work. 

Visual investigations and energies find voice on the canvas through my lyrical expressions, energetic movements, and rich layering of paint and textures. 

My paintings usually begin in a landscape surrounded by water and are a physical expression of the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and the smells of my surroundings.

Somewhere between reality and my intuitive subconscious an emotional reaction guides my marks. My paintings allow me to give emotional responses and symbolic descriptions to the indescribable in a distinct vocabulary that is unique to me. 

Compositions emerge and transcend my usual ways of understanding myself and the world in which I live.

Toni Lyons Phillips | abstract artist atlanta ga