Audrey Kay Dowling
Westfield, New York
Audrey Kay Dowling has been a teacher, mother, and an artist since graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 1974. During these years she has explored many different art media and has developed a strong collector base and following for her paintings and one of a kind clay art.
Although Audrey explores many different media, her underlying love of natural form is always present in her work.
Of her work, Audrey has this to say:
"Art is as much as a part of my life as breathing. I am always searching, thinking, composing, and being inspired. I have spent a great deal of my life immersed in nature and this comes through my work. Drawing is as natural a process for me as talking is for most people. Even when I don’t actually have a pencil or paint brush in my hand I am still visually drawing in my mind when I see something that interests me. I believe that every artist serves as a translator for the non-artists of the world, so I let things filter through my mind and flow via my brushes or drawing tools onto painting surfaces.
"Flowing water, moving trees, and mountains have natural grace and beauty. I think a love of this natural curvilinear form grown out of feminine grace and movement comes through my work. It is a current of visual movement that is flowing and accepting. Patterns, like the sweeping gesture of flying birds through the sky, the swirl of fish through water, the gentle curve of wind blowing a branch or flower, light playing through trees, the crashing Lake Erie waves in front of my cottage … all come through my work as I capture nature’s flow and powerful life force energy.
"My work allows others to think about this world in which we have the pleasure of existing. My goal is to interpret the essence of the visual treasures that surround us all. Form is beautiful, color is exciting, movement is visually stimulating, and texture and patterns open my eyes and my heart to express myself through paint.
"New visual challenges always interest me. Expressing freely within a theme is exciting to the creative soul that rests within me."
Audrey is owner and operator of the Portage Hill Gallery. Visit the website: http://www.portagehillgallery.com/.