Antoinette Slick

Abstract Painting

I consider the search for my voice, to say what I need to say by painting what I need to paint, to be the essence of my creative being.  This search creates a language, which can be spoken in no other way than by applying paint to canvas.  As the painting satisfies my need for discovery, emotional involvement and intellectual stimulation, the receptive viewer will sense this language and respond accordingly.  These nonobjective works and the process of creating them answers a spiritual need in me and hopefully inspires a spiritual, emotional or visceral response from the viewer.

Often as I travel, I see my companions photographing wonderful scenery, historic buildings or beautiful sunsets.  Meanwhile, my camera is recording the unending surfaces that surround us.  It could be a wall or a floor, a ceiling or a door.  I’m intrigued by the changing emotional content of these surfaces as they are affected by everyday happenings.  Some are very old, but have a wonderful serenity in their age.  Others are more dramatic, perhaps threatening: they are too high, too dark, have no openings in or out.  They might have jagged glass or razor wire across the top.  Perhaps I see bullet holes or suspicious stains.  Some surfaces are made beautiful by graffiti. More often they are ugly because of gang tags in inappropriate places.  Surfaces surround: they are above, around, below, in front of, beside and behind us. Each tells a story, reveals a history or evokes an emotion.  Surfaces enable me to interpret with brush, paint and pencil an ever-changing kaleidoscope of experiences.

My work has received numerous awards including three purchase awards from the Museum of Arts and Sciences, The Prestige Award and the award of Honor at the Halifax Art Festival.  The most recent Best of Show was the Bicycle Show at The Hub on Canal.  Also, over the years there have been many awards from Beaux Arts of Volusia, The Art League of Daytona and The Artist’s Workshop.\