Michael Patterson "push paint studios" Charlotte NC USA - Paintings and Art
Michael Patterson "push paint studios" Charlotte NC USA

Michael Patterson "push paint studios" Charlotte NC USA

Charlotte, NC

"Modern abstract southern painter in Charlotte NC"
Push Paint Studios is located in Charlotte NC USA. I graduated in 1980 from Louisiana Tech University with a BFA in Painting and Photography. I painted sporadically for a few decades but not enough to call myself a painter. Since 2014 when I built my studio I have had an exciting growth in style, artistic growth and quality of works. I work with house paint, textures, pastels. I hope my work over time will provide you new details in different light and personal moods.

Please peruse my website and email if you questions and comments.

Thank you for your patronage,

Michael Patterson

michael@michaelpattersonpaintings.com
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I was asked when is a piece finished? Everyone shares an internal conversation. My conversation is usually in the third person while viewing my work. I critique with the notion of adding "I wishes." I wish the artist would have extended that line, or balanced the blue with a mark in the corner or been more gutsy. When most of the questions are answered I embrace the resolve of its completion."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"My desire for patrons is not to get bored. The first glance should excite. A painting within your home or office should tweak constant interest because of the multitude of relationships within the work. At times I study my work enjoying the nuances of petite areas on the canvas thinking I didn't remember creating these marks but they sure work. I am joyful to become excited. The work should divulge, with different light and moods, the intricate subtle textures."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"The joy of paint is it being the ultimate "Control Z." Nothing becomes sacred to me. Everything is changeable so I do not fall in love with a piece in the early stages. Though when the planets align allowing layers to transition effortlessly into a new work I accept the outcome regardless of how the piece looks. I have a few pieces that were finished, sealed, delivered, though they were not my favorite, but the process seemed to demand they stay as they are."
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I have to admit working on small frame canvas is difficult for me. Anything under 36 inches creates anxiety. Maybe it's the lack of gesture space, like a MLB pitcher throwing a curve ball from inside a pantry. Though I keep promising myself to explore a new style or approach not much work has materialized. The lack of productivity is due most times to being lazy along with my love of larger works."
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What motivates and inspires you?

"Inspiration is activity. I have Maya, my chocolate lab, who provides an useful distraction with her need for "fetchin" of the tennis ball. I paint on the floor so I hustle corner to corner. Motion is my key inspiration. Looping gestures with indiscriminate paint droppings energize me from the start of a new work. I can't stand still for long. Music builds tempo, Spotify has introduced me to realms of musical talent who helped shape new rhythms. Everything mentioned sweetens the motivation.
But not all is elation. Pull-ups from a two-inch rope tied to the studio rafters becomes a liberation for stress, a healthy divergence to climbing the walls. I like movement, its dynamics, which equates into my love of basketball, running and road biking."
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What makes a space special?

"Space is a gallery, an individuals home or the empty quiet in one of the works."
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What’s unique about your work?

"I work as a video editor/producer in Charlotte NC. With both the monitor and canvas being a 2D space I stress to bring texture and depth to my videos with visual drop-in effects. My paintings reflect a similar emphasis. Overlays, smudged paint, markings, scratches, and mixed colors nestled together provides a vibrancy and perception of bulk and volume."
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