Millie ClarkeArtists Statement:
My life took on a new dimension when I decided to try painting. I had thought about it for many years, with the emphasis on “many.” I’ve always loved the paintings of Van Gogh and Picasso so I began by copying one of each artist. I learned that I could copy pretty well, so then it was time to find my own way. I’m still on an exploration learning new methods and trying new materials. Like my mentors, I became an abstract painter learning the meaning of the expression “The Agony and the Ecstasy.”
I came to the Rogue Valley at the young age of six in 1949. My dad had been made manager of the newly remodeled F.W. Woolworth store so I grew up in Medford. After high school, Ashland became my home for five years. I left with a husband, an adorable baby and a Master’s Degree in Education. Due to my husbands’s career, overseas assignments took the family to many foreign destinations. Because of these contacts with other cultures, my paintings reflect a continuing interest in varying subject matter and techniques.
I am an acrylic abstract artist who enjoys using texture in my paintings to achieve depth. The joy I feel comes from the unexpected surprises that come from mixing colors and methods. The agony comes at the beginning when I am looking at a blank canvas. After all, I am an abstract artist, so a new painting comes from my mind, my hands, and usually not from the things around me. I continue to learn by experimenting and seeking the counsel of other artists.
I have embraced Pablo Picasso’s philosophy, “I am always doing that which i cannot do, in order to learn how to do it.”