Colour can be powerful, can’t it? We not only see it, but we feel it.
Melbourne abstract artist Emma Thomas has an extraordinary ability to paint a reflection of life in colour, creating a collection that speaks to all of us.
Not everything is sunshine, rainbows and lollipops. We all have dark days. Accordingly, Thomas paints life in all its glory resulting in art that reflects the rollercoaster of life: fun, vibrant, outgoing, soft, dark, pensive, magical and cosmic.
In painting life in abstract, Thomas gives colour a life of its own. When taking in her art, all of us feel something – and that something differs from person to person.
We see it. We feel it. All of it.
Thomas, who is a busy mother of two boys, aged 4 and 2, is an experimental artist – fun and expressive. She describes the act of painting as an enjoyable release.
“It’s definitely the way I relax. It just makes me happy, that feeling of accomplishment,” said Thomas.
“My husband is so amazing and patient with it all. There’s always my mess of paint and brushes all throughout the house,” she said.
Thomas believes art is the soul of a home.
“It tells a story, it’s the icing on the cake. Everyone loves eye candy,” she said.
Darkness in Thomas’s art doesn’t depress, instead it lifts. It tells us it’s OK to be pensive – to reflect deep or serious thought.
You may notice this talented homegrown artist has a soft spot for blue and teal, two colours found in pretty much all her paintings.
“I think it goes back to my love of tropical water,” Thomas said.
The colours of the water calm us, give us the opportunity to reflect and spur us on to enjoy a new day ahead.
Thomas paints using acrylics and loves experimenting with different colour combinations, often creating a magical or ‘cosmic’ appearance.
“I never have a set plan of how it’s going to look and I love seeing the unpredictable end results,” she said.
In speaking of abstract art, Thomas loves how open to interpretation it is.
“It moves people in different ways and everyone sees something different in it,” she said.
Feeling it? Check out our complete collection of Emma Thomas abstracts now.