Arlie Hammons


During my journey to create a high-tech startup, I was permanently disabled with a traumatic brain injury. As I sought unconventional approaches to therapy and having a life, I discovered abstract art. I am drawn to it since there are no wrongs and exploration of different techniques and methods are core. Given my memory issues, I must experiment to produce a work. Abstraction feeds my desire to create something personal and new.

I learned techniques and materials from Rob Vander Zee; Mira Hecht taught me to keep to answer two central questions: “why is my work important?” and “why does my work matter?”. Marise Riddell removed constraints on different materials and surfaces to use. I have been in over 40 juried shows including the Corcoran, one collection, and won numerous awards. Recently I took a sabbatical to test my creative writing skills with a focus on social media.

Non-repeatability is an important aspect of my work, influenced by the randomness we lack control of in our surrounding environment. Exploration of how form occupies space is part of my creative process that makes each piece satisfying and constantly challenging for me. The translation from the conceptual to the body of work is of prime importance. As Robin Nicholson, Deputy Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, stated, my printed work on mylar is a nod to the past with an updated approach. “It uses the recognizable palette of pop in a powerful abstract composition that creates something like deconstructed pop.”