Painters have used more than brushes in the application of paint for generations now, and it became particularly noticeable in 20th century Modern Art with the move into abstraction and unorthodoxy. Hallie Brunson uses a palette knife to a significant degree, and there are times when the technique injects her images with a vigorous, almost kinetic energy resulting strictly from that rough and rustic application. The wind-blasted rocks surrounding the lighthouse of “Stormy Night” are reflected in the tempest of palette marks, and “The Green Door” suggests the movement of the sunlight across the surfaces. These are perhaps the strongest examples of this quality
Brunson began painting under the direction of Janice Miller at the Wood Shack in Garrard County. "The best advice given to me at the time was 'get in....get out' teaching me not to overwork my paintings," says Brunson. "Janice introduced me to painting with a palette knife and I was set free!”
The artist exults in the spontaneity of the approach: “I love the texture and boldness of painting with the knife, it is my favorite means of expression in my painting. Although I love the palette knife and acrylics I also paint in oil and watercolor."
Brunson has won several awards for her artwork and has taught classes in palette knife painting. Her work is currently available direct from the artist or from the Gift Gallery in Lancaster KY.
Hometown: Lancaster, Kentucky
Gallery Representation: The Gift Gallery (Richmond, Kentucky)
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