Which tools did you use for the creation of the artwork?
House paint and crayon on stretched canvas.
What was the creative process of this piece, from the origin until it was finished?
I stretched and primed the canvas, then started by drawing a border with black crayon. That always makes me feel like I’ve set the stage for the piece. I’ve been playing with wider brushes to see what kind of texture I can get in the brush stroke, and this piece was one where I was really enjoying the movement of the lines and their relationship to each other.
What were your references, influences or inspirations during your creative process?
I try not to think of anything too specific when I paint, or to have anything designed in advance. If I try to paint with a specific outcome in mind the pieces inevitably lose their energy.
I was very happy that the person who bought it commissioned a second piece to go with it – one for each of his children. I thought it was a lovely idea. Art is such a meaningful gift and one that can be passed down from generation to generation.
What did you enjoy the most about the process?
Realizing that my painting could still feel organic and interesting with straight lines and hard edges.
What was the hardest thing for you and how did you solve it?
The most difficult thing with these brushes is achieving a consistently saturated line. I want the brush marks to have life and energy and not be flat, solid lines, but I also want them to be strong and sturdy.
Cat Spilman is an American-born abstract artist living and working in York, England.