I am an abstract non-traditional artist driven by color and texture. Perhaps my approach stems from being a discouraged perfectionist in that no matter how I try I can not recreate something perfectly that I see in real life. I don't even want to try to compete with mother nature. I can't improve upon it nor can I do it justice either! So I approach my passion the only way I find satisfaction and success. I'm non-traditional in that I combine fused glass with acrylic paintings, or metals or wood, ceramic. Pushing the limits in color, texture, media in which traditional realism rarely allows.
I do appreciate those who approach their work in a traditional manner. Who can't appreciate the work of another who can do what you can't? I'm in awe but prefer not to play in their world. I am willing to acknowledge their gifts and leave it to those who do it best!
I believe some people have a more difficult time relating to the abstract work of an artist because often the path to understanding of what the artist intended or was feeling when the work was being created is not as visible, or as easily traveled so to speak.... it's like walking in the dark. You can do it, but it's usually at a slower pace and sometimes you stumble, or end up somewhere other than where you intended or even the artist intended for that matter. That is not necessarily a bad thing but it can be disconcerting to the traditionalist or those who primarily collect traditional realism consistently.