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Jerry Hardesty

“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” This quote by Cecil B. DeMille profoundly resonates with me. It complements my self-imposed commitment to expressing my innermost thoughts and emotions. I become breathtakingly stimulated as I take an idea and watch it reveal itself to me and through me. In 2006, I survived two strokes and two heart attacks. As a result, I was placed on disability from my corporate career. I then once again tapped into my creative nature to paint (I had abandoned painting in the ‘70’s to earn a living). Now, I am a neo-abstract expressionist. Abstract painting is like jazz; the artist improvises on a theme or idea and brings it to climax. Like the jazz musician who uses melody, chords and rhythm, I improvise through the use of composition, line, color, and texture. I paint until I have fully expressed my original idea. At times, a single idea may lead me to a single color or a technique or material I want to explore. I allow the painting to take on a life of its own. I paint until I have fully expressed my original idea – until the painting reaches that climax. I study the works and techniques of other artists, and consider myself a lifelong student. I am passionate about my work and love to share it with others.

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