Shirley Ann York
I am a primitive painter who enjoys painting on windows, panel board, chairs, screens, canvas, and making masks from clay. Art has long been my outlet. I think my best paintings are yet to come. I think art should make you feel and remember and look in awe.
I want to bring up touchy subjects and heartfelt subjects. My moods change the type of work I paint, sometimes dark and brooding, sometimes light.
Description of work:
My work is based in two worlds; the world of my life on the farm, the Kansas landscapes; and the more modern me who likes to do abstracts on canvas and panel board. Most of my paintings have been on windows as I looked for a low-priced background that was also unusual. I love to extend the painting into the frame and leave holes for the sky.
I also love to make masks from clay and have studied masks from other eras.
I work on windows in oil, acrylic, gesso, ink, and other mediums. I do not copy a scene, but try to put my own spin on it. I want to bring you to a place, a time, a scene, or I just want to make you feel color in the abstracts.
Some of my paintings on windows reflect my parent’s farm, which I dearly loved. I build up layers of color on windows and use a large 2- 4-inch brush on abstracts. I sometimes use gesso as a background to build up height. I do not always work to scale.