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Stephen Wiggins

Lexington Skyline from Past to Future
Kentucky American Water
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In my work I focus strongly on the abstract interpretation of thoughts and feelings, but not so much in a way that alienates the audience, but invites them in and allows them to ask questions.  A dialogue is created so that the people that view the work can understand more about me, the artist and how art can be used to process pain.  My pieces always leave me very vulnerable as I leave everyone on the canvas, paper or whatever medium is presented. The colors I choose are bright, vivid, and lifelike.   These color choices invite people in and create a dialogue between the artist and the audience.  The bright color choices also represent the transformation of a negative experience into a positive one.  The marks I choose to make reflect an therapeutic, meditative and soothing focus that helps to calm my mind. 

My concentration lies mainly in acrylic and oil paintings, silkscreen, lino-cut, monotype and stone lithography prints.  I have also been able to expand into the mixed media concentration with staple drawings. My work over the years shows growth and the main purpose behind that is to inspire my audience and to let them know that  you are created to create and that in that process we can have a dialogue that invites and not isolates. 

My barrel design will be accomplished with acrylic painted directly onto the barrel and my themes will concentrate on connecting the past of Lexington with images of the Lexington, Kentucky skyline, as well as images of the whiskey produced and the water tower that overlooks the Distillery District.  Connecting the present with the past as well as looking to the future.

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