detail of an abstract painting

paintings on canvas
original prints on paper and metal
small works on canvas and paper
mixed media on aluminum

Wendy Skog is a contemporary abstract artist, creating fine art abstract paintings in Victoria BC Canada. Influenced by the New York school of painters, her painting process is a flowing record of intuitive interaction with the canvas toward a unifying pictoral conclusion. Her organic abstract forms are rendered in a painter's minimalist's approach. Skog's abstract paintings are unique in the perfect balance of space, color, form, line, and color field.

...preserving the mystery that's there before a painting becomes some-thing and tells you everything about itself...

abstract art

Art in any form, whether it's a painting, print, drawing, or three dimensional artform is essential to our well-being. Art is available to us in many ways. Mother Nature is the prima donna of artists, although you won't see her artwork in a gallery. Her palette can't be surpassed for colours that are pleasant to live with and they are always balanced, bright colours serving as accents against more neutral or earth tones. In the world of fine art, usually the most visually successful artists emulate the colours in the natural environment.

But what is it exactly that has such appeal in art? Do you sometimes feel so drawn into a painting that you reach a point of true fascination? How does the artistaccomplish this? How are fine art and creativity related both for the artist and the viewer? When an artist creates a successful painting, he/she is carried to an inspired state in the process. This is a state of artistic 'flow' and it is a fleeting thing that everyone has experienced. The individual who has experienced this and in the spirit of creative inspiration has desired to capture this flitting, shining thing 'in a jar' so that it can be shared with others is called an artist.

The viewer too, quite unknowingly enters into the realm of creativity when he/she makes a small effort to appreciate the artwork visually and process it in parts of the brain that, in our present day culture, usually don't get much exercise. This feels good! All art collectors have figured out that this feeling good thing that comes through art is worth the investment.

For abstract art, it requires more effort on the part of the viewer to connect in a non-verbal, non-conceptual way but the effort sometimes pays off in terms of a deeper response to the very basics or building blocks of any artform: colour, composition, line, texture, etc. It can be found that this penetrating level of appreciation enhances life in every way in terms of how one perceives the world in general. Thus art can provide a sense of unity.

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