Michael Tmad Finney
I don’t actually remember when I first picked up a pencil and started to draw, but I was told that I was quite young. The only thing I know for certain, is that as far back as I can remember, a time that I didn’t draw. When I entered into Junior High, I was one of a handful of children that gave the art teacher the inspiration to confront the School board at that school to create an Advanced Art Class for Eighth Grade. She seen that a select few of students possessed the love and skill for art that was deserving of extra attention towards that skill. High School provided me with several specific classes focused on art, in which I signed up for all of them in the course of four years. I enjoyed all the classes yet loved painting class the most, oils in particular was a special passion. I loved the way it blended, the smell and the final results that oil paints possessed.. Outside of High School, the only training or study have been Self taught. I have researched other Artist’s works and Biographies in order to understand their technique and style and to help progress in my artistic skill. Learning is an ever constant, and research is a vital step in every piece I create. I found myself drawn to the works of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch. Munch’s attempt at emotional expression was the catalyst to my creation of Emotionism, yet I felt his expressionist style hindered the ability to truly create pieces that could conjure the emotional connection that I wished to capture in my work. Emotions are deeply rooted in the psychological mind, and I needed to visually portray my work in a way that would connect the Mental plain with a physical expressive realm. This is why Dali, who was obsessed with Freudian theory became a great inspiration to my artistic growth and direction as well as adding an irreplaceable piece to my artistic theory. Being that the inner workings of thought, can at times be construed or viewed in methods that are somewhat unconventional, meaning that we as humans, are at times abstract in our thinking processes and I felt that an element of that style was needed to compliment a visual interpretation of emotion. I theorized that Abstract constructs fused simultaneously with expressive and surrealistic features would create, not only a visual of emotional impulses, yet also cause a strong emotional and mental connection in viewing. That was when a collaboration of different styles to forge one style, a style that would become my life’s work had begun. It has been 26 years since I founded Emotionism, and yet I am still evolving and creating new methods to formulate mentally visual interpretations of our emotions and thoughts. I hope that my work will one day inspire or simply please the eye of the beholder that can find the beauty in what I have created. Emotionism is a style made from combining surreal, Abstract and expression, along with color and flow, to create a visual of emotion, thought processes and or a piece that resonates an emotional connection through visual form. Depending on the artist’s perspective, Emotionism can be expressed in a wide variety of ways, ranging from an inner psychological manner, to a physical interpretation of gestures. As long as an expression of Emotion or an inner psychological view of a thought process that could exhibit an emotional response is intended, a piece can be considered Emotionist in form.