Abstract inspirations: unveiling the artist's journey

Art studio filled with colourful abstract paintings by artist/painter Claire Desjardins.

 Who are some famous abstract artists who influenced me? Oh, there are so many! Jackson Pollock is arguably one of the most notorious to come out of the past century. If you've ever learned about abstract art in school, there he is, in the course syllabus. But I won't just list all the famous artists and their professional accolades. I want to share with you some of my personal favorites and how they inspire me.

Abstract artist, Claire Desjardins, in front of her large, colourful painting.

The Abstract Expressionist movement is what got me painting in the first place. I was captivated by the way these artists experimented with color and texture, pushing boundaries and moving in directions that none had done before. Their works spoke to me on a deep level, evoking emotions and challenging traditional notions of art.

Abstract painting by artist Claire Desjardins.

But beyond the influence of these renowned artists, I find my own reasons to continue painting. It's a personal journey that allows me to express myself and connect with others. I love the way it makes me feel: the sheer joy of creating something that resonates with people. Seeing the positive feedback from collectors brings me great satisfaction and encourages me to keep pushing my artistic boundaries.

Colourful abstract painting, Sweet Tooth, by abstract artist/painter Claire Desjardins.

One of the things I appreciate most about abstract art is its inherent subjectivity. It can be whatever the viewer wants it to be. It's a space for interpretation, where each person can find their own meaning and emotions within the canvas. That freedom and openness inspire me to explore new ideas, experiment with different techniques, and push the boundaries of my own creativity.

Artist Claire Desjardins sits beside her painting that was inspired by Abstract Expressionism.

As an artist, I strive to create art that speaks to people, that allows them to connect with their own emotions and experiences. I draw inspiration from the great abstract artists who came before me, but ultimately, I want my art to be a reflection of my own unique voice and vision.

Artist Claire Desjardins, in front of two of her abstract paintings.

In the end, it's not just about the famous names or the accolades. It's about the personal journey of creation, the emotional connection with viewers, and the constant exploration of what abstract art can be.

Art studio of abstract artist, Claire Desjardins, at the Vermont Studio Center.
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