Carl Cummings

I started my creative career as a graphic designer and illustrator over 25 years ago. Although I enjoyed much of the work I never really felt satisfied creatively. When the economy collapsed in the mid 2000’s I found myself, like so many others, without a job. The odd part was that I felt some relief — the worst thing that could happen to me had happened and I had nowhere but up to go. I made the decision then that I was going to embrace my artistic and creative self regardless of what I did next. Since then I’ve been experiencing the incredible feeling of connecting with my soul threw my art.

What I love about abstract art is the feeling I get from the color or shapes. The strength of the brush mark or the boldness of the color. The narrative, if I choose to make one, is mine to create. My current body of work is about the exploration of my own aesthetic, purpose, and view of the world around me. Landscapes, events, emotions, or sounds can inspire my work.

Over the last decade or so I’ve found my self inspired by many of the abstract expressionists, including Jackson Pollock, Willem deKooning, Hans Hoffman, and Robert Motherwell. They all have a sense of improvisation, high energy, with an emphasis on the paint. Instead of using paint to create a specific idea, I got hooked on the spontaneity of working with the paint.