PAULA A. MONTGOMERY
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Lively, effervescent color rhythmically pulsates through the paintings of American artist Paula Montgomery. Beginning each composition with a particular hue or design, Paula then lets her materials and concept guide her process as she produces exquisite, unique, textured canvases. Primarily focusing on flora as a subject, Paula passionately transforms everyday flowers into painterly visual poems. Utilizing either a lithe, expressionistic brushstroke or a purposeful palette knife, the artist boldly applies paint with a poetic flourish. Unwilling to limit herself to traditional materials alone, Paula embraces mixed media techniques and materials in order to accumulate the abstract quality of her works. Thus, the paintings hover gracefully between abstraction and representation. Elegant and independent these paintings exude a sense of peace and joy. “If my work can bring a moment of happiness to the viewer, then I feel I’ve accomplished something worthwhile,” Paula explains. “I am always looking for that inner expression to make its presence felt in my work.” Paula Montgomery lives and works in Pinehurst, North Carolina.