Cynthia Coldren My abstract paintings are a blend of deliberate shapes and spontaneous brush marks. Using the fundamental components of color, shape, texture, line, and space, my paintings are intentional contrasts and visualizes the joining of opposites — multiple colors, diverse paper fragments and linear marks come together to express a strong connection among disconnected things. I use acrylic paint on canvas, sometimes on heavy watercolor paper, and add hand-painted paper forms to create visual complexity and interest. I frequently add geometric patterns, cross-hatching, and script-like marks, painting and smoothing each layer to create a more organic composition. By including structural lines and marks within my abstractions, I can weave the familiar with the ambiguous. I feel this “joining of opposites” speaks to the world we live in, and gives the viewer a point of connection with abstract art.