During a visit to any Fresno's fine art galleries, one can experience the endless versions of style in the vast array of works. Some will draw you into the artwork immediately and effortlessly, while others seem like making a connection which is next to impossible. What is it about any specific style that either speaks to you or remains silent? How does an artist choose what style to create in?
Just as any particular style is to be felt by the viewer, it must also be felt by the artist. An artist doesn't choose their style so much as something they are born with. Not to say others aren't learned and practiced down the line. These other styles are learned skills but the first is the talent the artist is born with. Many factors come together to form artist's talent. Factors like straight forward or symbolic expression, emotional translation, perspective and life experiences. Personality also has a boat load to do with it. Okay so everyone knows that personality and expression go hand in hand when it comes to fine art. What is it that comes into play when an artist chooses a style? Many of the same factors come together to help the artist choose a different style form. Let's start at the beginning. If an artist's talent takes them to the limits of the fundamentals of, say, impressionist style then the artist will want to learn a new one. Another reason for an artist to want to take on another style is to gain a new perspective pertaining to their artwork. Artists love to learn new boundaries and expand on what they know, so gaining another skill set would be right up their alley. Throughout our lives emotions change. They deepen, widen, people work through them and so on. As emotions change knowing different styles of art will become useful in colorful expression. Truth be known every artist has their own story, their own reasons why they choose the styles and techniques that they do. Much of that story is reveled in the art that they create. The best way to answer the why is to ask the artist. Not so well known, is that artists have no problem expressing in words what they express in their art. So talk to them and see where they come from.
Don't stop at visiting a gallery or two, stop by any of the art studios and festivals that fill the streets of the Central Valley. One of these up and coming artists is Kelly Krumdick from Three Rivers, California featured in this article's slide show. Her artwork will be displayed at Cafe 225 in Visalia, California this winter. Take some time to chat with the artist in the studios around town. What you learn them may surprise you.