I am 100% committed to abstraction.
I don’t try to depict reality, I rely on color, contrast and texture to convey my feelings and make things visible. I love experimenting and am always looking for new techniques. I start a painting in varied ways, sometimes with simple color washes and lifts to start breaking up the space, looking for shapes to lead me to the next step. Others I start with water soluble pencil, stamping, and sgraffito before developing the work with subtle layers of intermixed color glazes in acrylic. I spend a lot of time observing, looking for the major areas of the painting to develop, always keeping the movement of the viewers eye and composition paramount. I use a variety of mixed materials to create a surface that I am passionate about. I incorporate geometrical shapes, lines, scratches, brush marks and movements. I get inspiration from the painting itself. I only know the next step, then I react to that, then study the painting to find my next step until completed.
I sign my paintings on the back, never on the front. This allows the owner to orient my piece of art anyway they want to as often as they want. I do show my preferred orientation on back. I also include a Certificate of Authenticity.
I was born in Canton, OH and grew up in Sarasota, FL. I have a classical music background. I used to play the double bass in the Florida West Coast Symphony (now the Sarasota Orchestra) under the direction of Paul Wolfe. I started my artistic journey, March of 2008 and I’m blessed to work out of my home where I paint daily and continue to produce new paintings.
From my brush to your home, Brian Sommers
email@example.com cell: 941.685.6196 Sarasota, FL