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Artist's Statement

Art is a visual interpretation of life. As an artist, I'm always analyzing what I see ~ constantly re-thinking colors and forms, and how to express them. My life experiences, as well as the paintings of other artists, impact the way that I see, think and feel. That, in turn, changes the way that I perceive images and colors, and the way that I choose to put them on canvas. Art shouldn't stand still. My art continually changes. The transitions are often dramatic and seemingly without precedence; but they are usually the result of a great deal of thought, much of it subconscious. I don't always see the change coming.

My work is traditional in many ways. I've always had a strong attachment to portraits and landscapes ~ perhaps because of my appalachian heritage. I grew up in the mountains of northern Georgia. The way I see the mountains has changed throughout the years, partly through the way that my love of art and other artists has changed. The influences of Cezanne and Van Gogh are especially visible in my work.

MEDIA

I've worked in various media: collage, pencil, conte crayon, printmaking, and pottery; but, I'm primarily a painter. The most significant change in my methods came when I switched from oils to acrylics around 1990. Acrylics are more conducive to quick, spontaneous painting sessions. They dry quickly, which encourages decisiveness and they can be over-painted many times, with little drying time between layers. This allows me to work directly on canvas, making dramatic changes as I go. Since 1992, I've had three solo shows of acrylic paintings.

~ D.K. Pritchett    

Art by D.K. Pritchett

High Museum
of Art
Atlanta
Georgia


Hunter Museum
of Art
Chattanooga
Tennessee


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