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The Storm

Piece description from the artist

This piece was done on a 36”x24” gallery wrapped canvas. This canvas has a stormy past all by itself. I started with a different painting and then a fire happened in my studio with a kerosene heater (be really careful with those folks!) and the wick burned unchecked for hours and hours. Consequently, I had soot filling my studio and it got everywhere. I had to throw out so many supplies and paintings. It was heartbreaking! This one I tried to save. I did my best to clean the soot off of, but it was a waste of time in terms of saving the original painting. I decided to gesso over the painting in hopes of being able to keep this very expensive canvas and creating something new with it. Did you know that gesso does not cover soot? The soot came right back through the gesso. I tried everything. You name it, it got tried. At the time I had also been commissioned to create a painting for someone and I was testing out techniques with alcohol ink on canvas. I figured this would be a good one to test on. I mean, it’s already ruined with soot, right? But what came out of this mess was a beautiful painting. Very minimalistic and dark and brooding. The soot is still very visible. It’s mostly visible as the stormy sky. Soot is not my medium of choice but in this case, it worked.

I live in the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado and this a glimpse of the San Juan range and Mt. Sneffels (one of the many peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation). Thanks so much for looking at this piece and taking the time to read all about how this one was created. It’s very much appreciated.

Other works by Kc Pollak

About Kc Pollak

Montrose, CO

I have been an artist all my life, ever since I could hold a pencil. I have always loved to draw and paint. My styles have varied over the years from realism to abstract and everything in between. The mediums I most enjoy working with are: oil, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pen & ink, alcohol ink, and acrylic. Currently I am experiencing a mammoth amount of creative freedom working on abstract art.

In 2015, I donated one of my kidneys to a young woman who had only been born with one very diseased kidney. Since then she has been thriving and now going to college and living her life. What a blessing! I consider this a privilege and I'm so happy I was a match for her.

I have lived all over the country (U.S.). I primarily grew up in Woodland Park, CO. Following living in Woodland, I lived in Durango, CO, Farmington, NM, Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and currently live in Montrose, CO (hopefully for good). I thankfully found my way back to Colorado. We live near Colona, in the shadow of Buckhorn Mountain (west/central Colorado) and absolutely love this place! It is remote, uncluttered, quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The inspiration I feel in my heart here is something I’ll be forever grateful for. It makes my soul sing!

I love to ski and am glad I live near some great places. Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, etc …when money allows. On February 12, 2017 I was in a ski accident in Telluride. Someone hit me from behind and knocked me unconscious for a few minutes (yes, I was wearing a helmet) and broke my collar bone. The guy hit me and left me for dead. He still has yet to be found. It's considered a felony to hit and run, just like in a car. Consequently, I suffered a concussion that has changed my life forever. My creativity has changed. Something happened to my eyes and I have a hard time doing the tiny details I used to do. But something also clicked in terms of how I approach my art. The freedom of abstraction has helped me heal and cope. Not only from the accident but with so many areas of my life. I have learned what true forgiveness means (to give as well as receive). I have a new appreciation for how fragile our lives really are and just how quickly life can be taken from us. A lot of things can change in the blink of an eye! That moment created a complete paradigm shift in my life. Mostly for the better.

I’m involved in an art mentoring program called Art Partners. I mentor a young boy (age 10). He created a piece that won first place in the student category of the Ouray Alpine Artist’s Holiday art show (nationwide) as well as 1st place in The Montrose Visual Arts Guild 2018 art show. I love the fact that I get to help shape this young man's creative future. He's my lil buddy.

There is an old cabin (100+ yrs old) on the property where I live that I have turned into my art studio. It’s my retreat and sanctuary. While I'm in this cabin, creativity just bursts forth in a riot of paint and color! This, I believe, is my heavenly father working through me. I'm still not sure what the grand purpose is but I keep my mind and heart open. I'm expecting adventure because, really, there's no way to know what's next. Like I always say, "the point is not to live forever but to create something that does."

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