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Michelle Neifert

They say in India, “If you speak about that which is very sacred, it goes.” “Of that divine union, don’t say it to anyone.” I feel it is important as a visual artist to convey that which cannot be fully expressed in words, that which is sacred to the self.

The majority of my work in the last few years has been the result of an interest in color as content, color to express emotion. Twenty years ago, when I graduated from college, I set out to learn everything there is to know about color and the qualities of paint. I still strive to achieve that goal daily. My inspiration is often from the world around me: clouds, water, mist. My favorite technique is to layer multiple experimental processes. Each painting is typically built up of many, many layers of paint and or paper with an eye to translucent color and luminosity.

I am more interested in the cataloging of my darling emotions and ideas via conversation with the blank canvas, than producing a preconceived result. A successful painting can be worked on for days, weeks, or even minutes. When it is complete, it seems to appear all at once. I am passionate about using color, texture, and light to convey emotion. I often work in series, exploring different ideas, until inspiration leads me on a different journey. The goal of my work is to portray my inner self, emotion, and soul. I create to communicate a feeling that the viewer can “live in” for a while.