"String Theory" 12" x 12" Pastel on board, copyright 2017 Honey Lea Gaydos

"String Theory" 12" x 12" Pastel on board, copyright 2017 Honey Lea Gaydos

ARTIST STATEMENT

Compelling, ambiguous images that evoke strong emotional and intellectual responses emerge from my fascination with an idea or experience.  My approach is to create visual paradoxes by fusing representational and abstract imagery into beautiful, complex, layered compositions. I establish a strong underlying structure and movement through carefully planned patterns of light and dark. Bold color and unpredictable changes in scale animate the surfaces. By being attentive to beauty, paradox, and the unexpected, we may catch a glimpse of the deep mysteries embodied in human experience. That possibility is my muse. 

For portraits, I call on my years as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse to observe subtle nuances in expressions of the face and body that reveal underlying meanings. I want to honor the essential uniqueness of the person while at the same time capturing universal human emotions and psychological states.