Florence Moonan

Florence Moonan

Painting

I have an intuitive approach to painting. As I begin a new work, I will let my artistic process organically flow by making immediate decisions and taking advantage of chance revelations as to the direction of the piece. As I create I am influenced by the colorful memories of performing in summer stock theater, my family, the natural world and experiences from my travels, but above all, music, especially Broadway musicals and opera. My love of performing merged into painting in adulthood after my father gave me a set of acrylic paints. My first introduction to Venetian plaster was during a painting class in 2011. The effects immediately appealed to my love of abstraction. Then a uniquely personal artistic exploration emerged. My process includes building translucent and opaque layers using metal scrapers and various tools while adding to, subtracting from, and hand-sanding the surface to reveal a history of where I have been. Additional mediums, such as graphite, oil stick, and Asphaltum pigment sometimes are applied to further enhance my work, with gestural marks being my visceral reactions to whatever music I am listening to at the moment. Through this medium I have learned to create bold new ways of mark making that produce a tactile texture that is as smooth as a stone tossed by the sea.I am hoping each work in this series will also strike a chord with the viewer.