|Purple Haze, acrylic by Andrea Raggambi|
"I didn't always paint large, abstract pieces but discovered a lot of inspiration and gratification when I tried this style in early 2019. I used to paint 'things' with a lot of color but realized my strength is in the idea and less in the planned details that occur when painting something realistic or from a photo reference. My approach is more about the color than the design but oddly, I find the design sometimes more interesting than the colors when I'm done with a piece. The most difficult part for me is just setting up and breaking things down. My pieces are as large as I can fit in the back of my SUV and I need a lot of space to paint which I don't have access to that often. But I was so pleased that my concept and style also seems appealing to others. I sold nearly 50% of the work I produced in 2019 displayed at the Gallery Clarendon. The idea that I get to create something that impacts others and my community in these ways definitely brings me a lot of joy and continued inspiration!"