From an early age I have been a creator; painting, drawing, sculpting, designing all sorts of things, dancing, singing and acting, dreaming of being an artist of one sort or another. Finally narrowing down my interest in creativity to being a designer, a profession I could support myself with right out of college, knowing I would pick up my passion for fine art in oils. I graduated from The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art and Architecture with a degree in Graphic Design in 1983. Winning many national and international design awards, teaching design at Mass Art and AIB, judging award shows, I now am able to juggle and merge being a designer, with my own design firm, Pratt Design www.prattdesign.net, and my passion for abstract expressionism in oils.
My work is engendered by my response to the world. Many things inspire me; among them are nature, science, energy of all sorts, emotions and the interpersonal drama. My training in design influences my art. Working in oils, I bring an abstract graphic approach to my emotive gestural images. Sometimes it is en plein-air inspiration, always conceptual and abstract. I am interested in the simplest gesture of the hand as a means to communicate my feelings about my subject. Painting for me is a highly focused meditative experience. From an early age, I was inspired by Turner’s landscapes and Van Gogh’s gestural strokes.