Artist StatementI am fascinated by color, the brighter the better. My palette is dominated by the bluest of blues and the reddest of reds. Enjoying my favorite process of abstract expressionism, gesture, I allow the colors to flow into each other, molding and shaping themselves into new shapes and patterns. This release from known relationships encourages the color and form to ebb and flow. Line and plane intertwine to establish shape and depth. Brush strokes play together, creating harmony or striking contrasts. The resulting abstract images transcend simple objective representation and create spaces in which color and rhythm dominate. I rely on the versatility of acrylic to allow layer to build upon layer, to permit the addition or subtraction of color, and to evoke a lightness and freshness. Sometimes I use mixed media to tell my story. Sometimes I rely on the clearness and brightness of the acrylic medium. Often I mix both. My inspiration comes from many places—from the colors and light around me, a photo or a magazine, my travels, a song, or everyday objects. My inspirations follow many paths. Listening to the painting, I make many decisions, add and subtract many layers, and follow and discard many ideas until I am satisfied that my piece is finished.
Since childhood, Bobbi Shulman has been fascinated by color and light. But she put her interest in art aside for many years to follow a career in journalism and communications, earning a BA in communications from American University, an MBA from University of Maryland University College and a leadership coaching certificate from Georgetown University. Born in Portsmouth, VA, she has spent most of her adult life in Montgomery County, MD.
In 2003, she dusted off the easel, enrolled in a painting course and has been hooked ever since. Originally drawn to plein air, Bobbi painted representational landscapes with an impressionistic edge. After a few years of traditional painting, she moved into abstraction. Using the gestural abstract expressionist style, she delights in manipulating color, shape and intensity into a coordinated whole. Mainly using acrylic medium, she incorporates mixed media as necessary. Her personal style includes intuition, spontaneity and emotion, and frequently incorporates whimsy and fantasy.
Bobbi has studied abstract painting extensively with Joyce McCarten, a well-known artist and teacher in the Washington DC area. She has also studied with Natasha Karpinskaia and Beverly Ryan. Workshops include California artists Camille Przewodek and Peggy Kroll-Roberts, and Easton artist Nancy Tankersley. Her painting travels have taken her to Provence, Mexico and the Southwest United States. She has shown extensively around the Washington DC area and is a member of Main Street Gallery in Cambridge, MD.
Bobbi lives in Potomac, MD, with husband Larry and receives frequent critiques from three children, their spouses/partners and five grandchildren.