Alex Vidales
My paintings are a way for me to reflect, work out issues with my friends or family, concerns about the world, beliefs in myself. My past work was nearly all in acrylics; it was very much improvisational with no real direction or purpose, just trying to make a pleasing picture. I used to make a total mess, but have realized recently that having organization and process can be just as enjoyable as being in the moment and spontaneous. I try to balance all of these in my work now. I used to say that what I lacked in technique, I make up for in passion and I feel this was fine for then but playing within a look or style is good, and is worth exploring. I probably just said that because I didn't want to slow down and learn. It wasn't until I went through a very difficult year that I saw painting as a therapy. I also began to see how the paintings were telling me where I was mentally and spiritually.

In the past I painted mostly about my own feelings. Most of my recent works are abstract portraits of friends. I look and see auras, visions, smiles, tears and laughs all blended together when I think of them, and I try to capture it in these portraits. Some others are the before mentioned variety paintings of my own emotions.

Alex Vidales