For me painting will always be a journey into the unknown. I have painted many things but never seem to tire painting “the path”. I ask myself why? I guess because many times I get lost into thinking I must paint in my own or others preconceived ways. The path somehow reminds me to come back to that freedom of expression. When we allow ourselves to take an unfamiliar path we never know what lies ahead or around the bend. It is important to keep moving but also to take time to look around and enjoy our surroundings. Take it in.... breath in color, texture, smells & sounds. I try not to get locked into exactness of what I see but allow myself, yes, give myself permission to paint an expression of what I am seeing and feeling around me. To paint is to create an expression of ourselves. To create is not about changing ourselves but meeting ourselves, probing deep into our inner core. Who are we? How does that look in paint? Getting off the path and forgetting this is easy to do. There are no mistakes when we allow ourselves to pick up a paint brush and follow our inner expressions. After all isn’t that exactly what a painting is, an expression of ourselves in paint? I believe I am most successful when I am able to set aside my preconceived ideas and just paint without judgement. Don’t we all have this potential when we get our of our way? What do you look like in paint?
As I continue down this path of exploring the arts, it is my belief that all of us have a creative potential within ourselves, whether it be dance, music, creative writing, poetry, painting, sculpture, weaving, etc.
All potentially lead to a greater spiritual understanding of ourselves.
This is the mystery, this is why I paint.
Alice works in acrylic and water mixable oils. In 2001, she entered the world of highly-defined color printmaking with a series of Fine Art Limited Edition Giclée prints. Alice's paintings have been exhibited at various galleries and juried shows throughout Alaska. The image of Alice's original painting 'Roadside Sensations' was selected for a commemorative poster by the United Way of Mat-Su. The image of her original painting 'Devils Club' was selected for the cover of the 2003-2004 course catalog of the Matanuska-Susitna College, University of Alaska, Anchorage. Four of her original paintings are part of the permanent collection in the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska. They can be seen in the emergency waiting room in the hospital.
Alice was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, grew up in Florida, and moved to Alaska in 1986. She and her husband Robert raised their two children in Alaska. Over the years she has explored many different jobs from making salmon brailer bags, hairdressing, harvesting & planting vegetables on the Alaskan local farms, phlebotomy and even as a tour guide & cook on Alaska's trains. She has traveled the Mediterranean, Europe & Israel. Her work comes from the rich experiences of her life.
Alice Thaggard joined Fine Art America on October 10th, 2008.