Connected to Life, Mixed Media on paper by Pamela Coste - USA -
I am drawn to create word paintings, where words are used as texture, because words add depth that images alone cannot provide. I also find myself wanting to preserve handwriting - the quality of something being communicated directly by hands - which is becoming more scarce every day. My word painting ideas may come from books I've read or speakers I've heard or ideas I've talked about with a friend. I also do word portraits, where I interview people about their lives and what is important to them, and then use their words to create a painting specifically for them. I especially enjoy including words that will remind the viewer of the best things in life, what they love, value and desire to focus on, and what they laugh about, so that they will want to come back again and again to look!