Jon Raymond Bio

During college is when I first began my study of the non-objective abstraction. My concept when working in this style is that I’m painting a visual structure that has never been seen before, out of elements that may be recognizable. I am inventing an image that has never existed. My compositions are based from letters, but the “recognizable elements” that I borrow from are basically mechanical/technical components.Working with Still Life, Landscapes, Fauvism, Impressionism, all of these contributed to my talent for abstract painting. However, I think the most important thing that I learned from working in all styles is the blending and mixing of color. Color makes all the difference in a non-objective abstraction. It opens up depth, dimensions, and emotions…the more color the better! Color also teaches you control. People have this misconception that all abstract painters simply throw paint on a canvas, and some do. But my paintings REALLY ARE something, and it takes control and order to harness all that color and energy into a believable image.With this series of work, I want my viewers to decide for themselves what they see and what the painting means. I have no wish to dictate a right answer to the question, “What does it mean?” If I can have creative freedom by painting, then my viewers should have creative freedom with interpretation.