My paintings are square in shape and layered in method and meaning. The physical boundaries I set for my work require discipline, order, and structure. These boundaries contrast sharply with the ambiguous emotional and intellectual content that inspires me.
The square, a symbol of stability and integrity, is a tough taskmaster. My response to its challenges are realism, close cropping, and an unexpected use of space.
Layered compositions and color with dramatic contrasts in light and shadow create ambiguity in emotional or intellectual meaning. The exquisite ability of the surface of the face to convey deep meanings is endlessly fascinating to me.
Honey Lea Gaydos paints realistic and emotionally evocative images inspired by her life-long passion for interdisciplinary study, the beauty and grace of the female figure and the patina of well-loved objects. As a professional psychiatric-mental health nurse and university associate professor, she developed an art-based research process using symbols to express the self-defining moments of a person’s life in paintings. She has received numerous awards for her teaching, nursing practice, and artwork.
Honey Lea lives in her native Colorado where she paints, writes, and volunteers as a tutor for the Pikes Peak Library District Adult Education program. In addition to her nursing degrees, she has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a self-taught artist who has exhibited and sold her work for many years through multiple group and solo exhibitions and galleries.