I first picked up a paintbrush in 2004 at the age of 34. I've never had any formal art training with the exception of 5th grade art class. It wasn't until my husband and I added on to our house that my interest in art sparked. I was looking for original work to hang on our brand new walls. Everything I found either wasn't the right size, right color or there was something about the piece that I didn't like.
After quite a bit or research on the internet, I decided to try to paint some pieces myself. Our walls remained bare for a quite while and my very first works were painted with regular paint brushes from Sherwin Williams on leftover plywood from our newly built house. I experimented for about a year until I invested in professional grade paint, canvas and artist brushes. Once I went from "experiment" mode to "these pieces will actually be hanging on my walls" mode, my work took on a new turn - I actually liked what I was painting and my walls began quickly filling up with my work.
Once I saw that I possibly had a talent that I never knew I had, I began spending quite a bit of time experimenting with textures, patterns, metal and metallic paints. I also began incorporating metal, feathers, text, burlap and even twigs into my paintings. I quickly learned that I liked working with textures and felt that they gave my paintings depth. I wanted them to reflect different colors from different viewing angles.
Most of the time when staring at a blank canvas, I have no vision of what the outcome will be. My first step is to decide a canvas size and secondly colors that I want in the painting. What comes beyond that is usually never planned and this is what I like the most about painting - the process. I find abstracts to be the most intriguing and had never appreciated the abstract style before. I am drawn to deep, earthy and somewhat neutral colors. I also love working with textures, shapes and layers of color. I also discovered that a painting was never finished in my eyes until it was worthy of hanging on my walls.
I diligently began to promote my artwork locally and through online auctions and with galleries. I began to receive numerous requests for commissioned pieces from clients all over the U.S. and internationally as well. People began sending me pictures of their bare walls, along with paint and fabric swatches and wanted me to "make their walls come alive" as one client stated. My work began selling and I soon began to realize that I could make a career out of painting. I would like to thank the galleries that display my work, the people who have supported my work, and you for viewing my work. I hope to have the opportunity to have one of my original pieces hanging in your home some day.
~ Molly Shick