Expressive Style

I was an “expressive” painter before I even knew I had a style. I always went for slightly wild colors and I love thick paint with lots of brush strokes showing. Think Van Gogh. But also my modern heros: Elmer Bishoff, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud (my current favorite.)

But how to explain what I do? Last week I was struggling with writing a new artist statement and I was Googling for ideas to inspire me. (Or to steal.) I found the perfect, simple advice about expressive painting on “” Here’s how to be an expressive painter according to their experts:

Simply, don’t blend and don’t tidy up.

Works for me, especially since I have never been inclined to tidy up ANYTHING. You could ask my husband, the dishwasher at our house.

Here’s an example of a recent painting that is so untidy that my husband says he doesn’t know what it is.

Coy Koi
Coy Koi

Categorized as Art

By Joanne

Joanne Taeuffer is an expressive painter. She lives in the Berkeley Hills and Healdsburg, CA, with her husband and their black cats, Oscar Wild and Percy.

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