Artist of the Month

Sybil Bedner-Ostrowski (for Jan. 2019)

I call myself an abstract impressionist artist. When I begin a painting, it usually starts out with a representational sketch, as that is how I learned. But in my City series, I am loving how the paintings become more and more abstract as I keep adding paint, sometimes with brushes and other times with palate knives. New shapes appear that I hadn’t planned on. Edges get blurred or disappear; and as layers of paint are applied over previous layers, textures happen that affect the light. Depth and perspective keep changing.

I don’t think my paintings are ever “finished.” I am happy when I can see more sight lines developing. I hope viewers will enter and feel like a part of the environment and see the streets I have created.