Somewhere over the years I began to blur the lines between photography and painting. Everything I did during the 1970's and early 80's was pretty much straight photography. Sometime during the mid 1980's I began working in collage, combining my photographs with paint and mixed media.
Later I ventured away from my own photographs and started to incorporate photographs I found in antique shops, flea markets and the like. During the early and mid 1990's I enjoyed quite a lot of gallery success with this body of work. I had two primary groups of work. Nudes and "old people". They were not always old, just old photographs. I even did several commissions.
Every now and then I revisit this work. Here is a piece I did last winter. "Party Girls", mixed media collage on birch panel. The piece measures 12" X 12" and is framed in a museum float frame. currently recession priced at $300.00.
In this economy any time we sell a painting is cause for celebration. This painting is my most recent sale. The piece measures 26" X 26" including frame. I have always really liked this painting. I'm happy to see it go to a good home and what is becoming a very solid local art collection.
"Movement in Black and Red" by Debe Abbott. This painting has long been a favorite of mine. An acrylic on canvas, the piece measures 24" X 36" and is framed in a beautiful black frame with a gold leaf lip. The painting is stunning and classic abstract expressionism.
Debe is perhaps best known for her pastel landscapes but she is a versatile artist and spent most of the late 1980's and the 1990's painting contemporary abstract works. She had considerable success at first with Elhoff Gallery in Syracuse where she sold fifty three paintings over a three year period. Later at Roselawn Galleries in Pittsford, NY she sold well over one hundred paintings during a thirteen year relationship with the gallery. Many of these paintings were abstract paintings although more decorative in style than the classic look of this bold piece.
Debe's work is currently available at Fingerlakes Gallery, Canadaigua, NY, Margie's Muse, Jamaica, VT., Vintage Art Seneca, SC and at her studio gallery in Central Square and on-line at abbottsstudio.com or at her blog http://debeabbottsartblog.blogspot.com/.
I suppose it's only right that I give Debe my first Guest Artist spot on this blog. Afterall she is exceptionally talented and has put up with me for 27 years and counting.