'The Quiet Series: Quiet' by Veronica Bruce
I created this painting while sitting on the Montrose harbor of Lake Michigan in Chicago in the late summer of 2014. I painted four works that afternoon with the lake as my inspiration along with the intention of quiet, meditation, and taking in the calm environment. The works I created in this sitting became the catalyst for a continued focus on water and natural elements in general with my work. I hope to convey the ease and sense of movement of the water with the stable horizon. I used watercolors and pencil on Yupo paper. The large "wiped out" space indicates the pause and the intention of clearing one's mind to appreciate the present moment.
I strive to create paintings that come alive with the balance of playful, passionate, sometimes frenzied energy and calming stabilizers such as the familiar horizon line or simplified architectural space. Art has the power to reveal universal emotional depth. I believe the primary purpose of painting is to evoke a subconscious understanding of experiences such as being in love, finding serenity amongst chaos, walking through fears, and change. I want viewers to be attracted to my paintings for reasons they aren’t even quite aware of but this intangible attraction keeps the viewer engaged. My paintings weave together instinctual, emotional realms with foundational, grounded actions of line and space.