Our world is one that rewards people for conformity. We like people who share our views. We are comforted by people’s appreciation of our good taste and acceptance of our choices. Have you ever felt edgy stepping outside your comfort zone? Wondered what people would say? How they would react if you made choices your family and peers did not understand? Here’s someone who did.
Meet JOELLE SOMERO: Abstract Artist
Why does a representational artist choose to paint abstract? It is a question I never considered until I met Joelle and her honest answer delights me.
For years Joelle painted representational work – realistic paintings that people could relate to … everyone that is, except Joelle.
“I wasn’t having fun painting realism anymore”.
Her move to abstract art began when Joelle stepped past fear and allowed vulnerability to guide her creativity. She began painting abstracts.
And then this happened …
Joelle made and hung a pair of canvas curtains.
Inspired by the texture of the remnants she began glueing them to a stretched canvas as an experiment.
It’s an experiment that unknowingly served as a prototype for what would become Joelle’s Abstract Collage series. Joelle paints abstract oil paintings in neutral, natural colours with a duck cloth collage foundation.
Duck cloth is a high thread count canvas.
Joelle’s love for Abstract Collage grew and so did the practical reasons for this artistic expression. Unlike painting, collage allows this artist the ability to start and stop as necessary to accommodate her busy life as a mom to four children. It allows her to be equally present for her family and to her art.
What I like: These works of neutral, layered texture are attractive in both modern and classic interiors.
These works lend nuanced texture to neutral design and decor and offer serenity to bolder interiors.
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– Joelle is an abstract collage artist and an interior designer. She lives in Marquette, Michigan with her husband and four children. –
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