|From the beginning||Ongoing perspective|
|Neena Plant |
A lifelong artist, working in watercolor & acrylic with her own photos as subject matter & as photographic art in their own right. Her subject-matter choices are varied, from floral to figurative, landscape to the imagined.
Recently, after a hiatus of many years, Neena started creating wheel-thrown pottery, and has relished exploring the myriad forms, textures, glazes, and the sculptural possibilities of clay.
Neena is a third generation native of Salt Lake City, a second generation artist, and the first water-colorist in her family.
Watercolor has been Ms. Plant’s medium of choice since the mid 80′s. In addition to her work in watercolor, Neena worked for several years as a graphic artist, has done silver-smith and silver casting work, lapidary, and some special effects makeup.
Neena often finds that an image stays with her until she put brush to paper to bring it out, often working through the night until that vision is accomplished. She feels that art should express the artist’s inner beauty and passion to the world outside. Whether representational, abstract, or somewhere between, she views art as an emotional statement by the artist, to communicate on levels both above and below the conscious mind.
|More about Neena |
She’s always thought of herself as an artist first, and finds it interesting that both the scientific mind and the artist are said to view truth as beautiful and beauty as truth. These few words may not inform you of her work as will the work itself, but she can speak to you in rational terms.
Neena often find herself interested in the reflections on surfaces we don’t normally think of as reflective. In predawn light, she sees a blending of red taillights and stoplights with the green from the light just as it turns, becoming lavender as it hits the rivers of tar meant to patch cracks in the road. She’s interested in the colors shining off cement barriers between lanes of traffic in the dark or on a rainy night. These and other reflections make Neena wish she had a driver so she could use her camera to capture as these images see them; instead she attempts to keeps them in her mind’s eye to influence her painting.
Neena’s goals as a painter are to express her concept of beauty in even the mundane, whether in nature, in a dream, or from my imagination. She often finds that an image stays with her until a work is completed. Neena feels that art should express the artist’s inner beauty and passion to the world outside. Whether creating images that are representational, abstract, or somewhere between, she views art as an emotional statement by the artist, to communicate with the viewer on levels both above and below the conscious mind.
Neena’s medium of choice for many years has transparent watercolor, though as she grows more proficient as a photographer and as an acrylic painter, she find these to be increasingly enjoyable. Her other creative pursuits include silver casting, lapidary, and a portion of my soul is expressed as a poet.
Since mid-2017, the creative world has seen Neena learning and enjoying wheel-thrown and hand built pottery as her main focus, though not abandoning her other artistic pursuits.
I’ve been a member-artist of Local Colors of Utah Fine Art Gallery, a cooperative gallery in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City, since September 1, 2017.
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