Collection: Traci Canterbury

For me creative expression is about feeling the colors and using them to speak a language that comes out in a form of art. Abstract expression allows for the viewer to see what they want to see in my creations. Most of my pieces are mixed mediums with a little ink, sometimes a texture and the occasional oil. I strive to make each piece unique. My hope is that my expressionism stimulates one’s emotions and senses. I strive to make each piece unique and therefore, I experiment a lot! I wanted to pursue an art degree, but my parents felt that art was a hobby, not a profession. Over the years I dabbled with painting and once my husband came home to find that I’d turned our dining room wall into a mural. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I was looking for a prominent piece and couldn’t find anything that I liked, that I decided to paint my own vision….and that stirred old emotions and desires. I soon had about 20 completed paintings to select from. After a 30-year career in the corporate finance world and two decades of raising children, I now have the time to fulfill my dream of creative expressionism. I was inspired at an early age when visiting a Claude Monet exhibit in New Orleans where I literally fell in love with art.  The master Impressionists and post-impressionists, notably Monet, Matisse and van Gogh are my inspiration. I have two Monet and two van Gogh reproductions in my personal collection.I love the use of vibrant colors and the abstract nature of subjects by the impressionists. I tend to incorporate their use of bold colors and dramatic brushwork in my pieces.

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