I am a self-taught painter. I am intrigued and pleased by the simple division of two-dimensional space on a canvas, and tend to paint compositions that feature few elements and large fields of negative space. I use glazes extensively to achieve depth of color and surface interest, and much of my work is reductive, rather than additive, in that paint is applied and then wiped away in certain areas. While somehow compelled to create clean, graphic imagery, I am drawn to others’ paintings that incorporate areas of suffuse ambiguity, and I am beginning to focus on painting in such a way as to achieve similar effects in my own work. 

Most of my paintings derive from simple thumbnail sketches, and hold no special meaning for me. Others are the result of my emotional response to a significant life event.

Gloria Freshley

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