Artist Muriel Timmins

An example of fine art by Muriel Timmins

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Creating artwork seems more than simply the application of paint/graphite to a surface.  I see it as a discovery process, less about the tools of the trade - more about the character of each individual subject and my relationship with it.  Whether that subject be living/breathing creature or inanimate object, the longer I observe, the more it reveals its own nature. 

Smudge pots, bottle caps, marbles, elephants...  
Although nearly anything we could possibly encounter in life can be intriguing, the wonders of nature pull us into their world with an intensity that no bottle cap could ever hope to match.  It is in the process of painting creatures (domestic or wild) that I again become aware of our being part and parcel of the natural world.  

Similar to engaging in a conversation between painter and viewer, a piece of artwork always has something to say - negative/positive, bright/dark, angry/uplifting, humorous/sober.  Standing on its own, it's sort of a tangible emotional statement.  And, as in conversation, the message shared depends not only upon the sender, but on the receiver as well.  I don't know how often the message I have "sent" is what was "heard".  But I'm always hoping that each piece will provoke some personal thoughtsB or questions, moving the viewer from simply standing in front of a piece of artwork hanging on a wall, into a world of their own inner-connection to the subject.  And, with works focusing on wild-or-domestic animals, I'm hoping that the viewer will at least be reminded of the amazing character and unaffected beauty of both the exotic and the everyday creatures with whom we share this planet.

Beyond that, I hope that when folks are out and about, they remain alert and open to catch the unexpected humor often found where our fellow tenants' lives and ours intersect [...]

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