GALLERY SEVEN

Manny Cortez

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It all started when...

My approach to painting involves improvisation, experimentation and making order out of chaos.  Instead of being confined to coloring inside the lines, I just react to previous marks; the way a jazz man might listen for the next note during an improvised solo.  Where "technique" is secondary to "feel".  I often hear my musician friends talking about "getting out of your own way" is the only way to improvise something genuine and on the spot.  Simply acting, reacting and deeply listening to what the composition needs.  I feel the same way about expressionist painting.  I welcome mistakes and accidents because sometimes they become the most interesting part of the piece.

 
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