ARTIST STATEMENT 

A Landscape Story in Abstract Art  

Over the years my art and the way I paint has changed a lot! I have always had a great ambition to be an abstract artist but never really felt brave enough, I could never let myself go; to afraid of it all going wrong. Now everything has changed! In November 2020 my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I went through months of chemotherapy followed by surgery and it was when I was recovering from the surgery that I started to think about what I really wanted to do, if I wanted to continue to paint something had to change. I started with large sheets of paper and just threw paint on , I scribbled and scratched into the paint unleashing anger and emotions, I listened to loud music; I sang and I cried. Out of all that emotion I stated to look at what I was doing more closely and started to make more marks and seek out a landscape. I got really engrossed in the process and it’s been so good for me, probably the only time I can switch the noise off in my head. The paintings I’ve made in the last few weeks have surprised me, they are bright and lively and very expressive. My days are still a challenge but things are getting better and the days in my studio are a joy. 
My new paintings will be on my “New Works 2021” page 

Art&York Online 2021 is a 3 day online event celebrating art, design & contemporary craft 

22nd – 24th October 2021

 

Painting for me is all about emotion, if I can’t let go then it doesn’t work 

Pam Smallshaw