MY APPROACH

Artist Deb Houston PainterHaving such a diverse interest in art, I usually have multiple pieces in process at any given time. So, when I walk into my studio I’m not always sure what’s in store for me. I look for what will move me on that particular day.

Typically it’s an energy, a mood, something stirs an emotion within me, that I hope upon completion will engage you. While the variety aides in keeping fresh ideas flowing, I just love experimenting with new ideas and approaches to my work.

Oil on Canvas or Board

This can be a very traditional approach but often times I’m working with a pallet knife more so than a brush. I love bold, heavy coverage on the painting surface to create additional depth and textural interest that you can see and feel. Most of my recent work is done on Gallery Wrapped Canvas or Gallery Style Board (1 1/2″ deep) so framing becomes optional vs necessary, being that I’ve painted the sides as well as the surface.

Acrylic on Canvas or Board

Because acrylic painting is so versatile, I find that I do a great amount of experimenting with it. Alone, acrylics don’t offer me the rich textures I love about oils but in using mediums to enhance the paint, I have found that the creative options are almost limitless. With this, I am constantly exploring new methods and ideas. In many recent pieces you’ll see that I’ve applied various degrees of texture adding depth and artistic interest. Other newer work includes finger painting. It’s direct approach with my hands right on the canvas and keeps me from being limited by the size and shape of more traditional painting tools.

Acrylic on Plexiglas

A reverse painting process that is much different than work created on canvas or board. With the finished product you are actually looking through the glass to what I’ve painted onto the back. And often times there are areas within each piece that the light shows through, almost illuminating areas of the work. With canvas, the first thing you see, as the viewer, are the final touches put into place (such as fine details or my signature). The process here is opposite. What you see is the first time my brush hit the glass, followed by layers that were built in reverse. Typically my first step is signing the piece (backwards).