DEBORAH YOUNGLAO is a mostly self-taught artist. Her background is a diverse one: in addition to her native Caribbean island of Trinidad, Deborah has lived in Barbados, Ireland, Canada and 4 states in the US, including her current home of North Carolina.
An accomplished silk painter for many years - she achieved Silk Painters International Master Silk Painter status in 2010 - Deborah has transitioned to abstract acrylic painting and watching colors, shapes and lines come to life on her canvas.
I have always been fascinated by the movement of colors across a surface, forming new colors and shapes as they go. After decades of watching this drama unfold with liquid dyes painted onto silk, about a year ago I transitioned to pouring acrylics onto canvas. This evolution seemed quite natural - I merely exchanged color movement in one fluid medium to another!
I love that pouring paints is such an interactive process - it’s a dance between the artist and the liquid colors as I tilt the canvas and make the colors spread. I’m excited by the developing spontaneous organic textures and shapes that take on a life of their own. Fingers, a palette knife, and air blown onto the wet paint help me nudge the painting in the direction I want it to go, but I have to be open to letting the painting speak for itself. The result is a dynamic creation that can never be reproduced, so that each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.
I use these same techniques to create hand painted jewelry from acrylic skins. Skins are formed when the painting is created on a non-stick surface. When the paint is dry, it has a plastic consistency and can be peeled off the surface!
I then look for small areas with interesting colors and compositions. Some are completely abstract; others look like tiny landscapes, seascapes or floral. These miniature works of art are glued to a glass cabochon, then glued into a metal setting.
My inspiration is simple - the need to create. To create with color. To create patterns reminiscent of Mother Nature. The need to experiment with different techniques and materials.
My college post-grad degree is in Marine Biology. I think that the analytical instincts developed while studying Science propels me to ask the question, “What if?” with my art. The search to answer that question keeps me pouring paint onto my canvas and eager to see what will be revealed next.
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