Venezia by Carl Houghton

Opening Reception 5:30 pm March 23, 2018

Exhibit March 23 - April 26, 2018

Venezia will transport you to Europe without the hassles of air travel.  See the latest from Carl Houghton including fabulous seascapes, colorful villas and beautiful watercolors inspired by his travels abroad.  Light refreshment will be provided at our Opening Reception March 23, 2018, the exhibit will run until April 26.

Artist Statement

As a colorblind painter, I am often asked, "how do you do it?" The truth is a bit of the proverbial double-edged sword. The creative process is a mixture of struggle and opportunity for any artist.  My specific disability has been a source of frustration, but also an opportunity for me to stretch myself beyond the comfort zone of my own psychology.  My voice as an artist has come from surrendering myself to a process that focuses on balance and unity, capturing my inspiration in as few brushstrokes as possible.  I paint most every day, treating my talent as a gift that needs to be used.  I am passionate about strong design and painterly stokes; remaining old-school in my respect for 100% self-drawn art and the diligence of the master painters.  The creative process by nature is not merely a technical exercise, and I strive to accept unplanned direction changes as the painting evolves.  Part of surrendering involves accepting critique at different phases, and it also helps me connect with how my art affects others. Painting immediately transforms me once I am in my studio and away from the trappings of a time-scheduled life. That is the power, and beauty, of art.