Artist's Statement - Renee FW Lichtman
I can't imagine my life without creating art work. It happens that I go for long
periods without working, life is full of mundane things. But I am always drawn
back to the creative process and working on images.
The act of creating is it's own justification and reward. I am in
love with the process and bringing something never seen before to life.
I love lines, and colors, and textures. I love taking what I see and applying my
rules, techniques, and sense of color and line to an image.
I often do
decorative abstracts just to play with those elements. Eventually I return to
realism. By applying my rules and sensibilities to it, realistic subject matter
becomes mine too. It is no longer what I saw but what I want the viewer to see.
I am not always in complete control. A working image can surprise me, demanding
treatment I may not have expected. The result is usually better than if I had
ignored the demand.
Most of my images were left hidden in portfolios, silent and
unseen. Without the element of communication they were incomplete. For this
reason I am delighted that we are in the digital age. The computer is an
incredible tool for artists. It helps me create, manage, reproduce, publish,
share and promote my art.
My scanner has turned my images into digital files
instantly transmittable and infinitely workable. My web gallery has brought my
art out of the portfolios, and my printer has made it possible for my to
reproduce and share my art images.
I hope this web gallery and the art images on it bring
you some small pleasure.
Renee FW Lichtman