Artists Eric Atkinson and Jill Price are not afraid to experiment with materials. Atkinson uses sand to add texture to painted canvases, both large and small. This added element started as a happy accident when he dropped a wet painting at the beach. Now it has become a signature element in his work. He has also has worked on unusual surfaces such as cake pans. His series of four circular paintings are a tribute to the work of folk artist and fisherman Alfred Wallis illustrating the Cornish coasts of England.
In Westland Gallery's recent Abstract Exhibition, Price worked with recycled found objects and reused or revisited old pieces to create new ones. She emphasized the importance of using items destined for landfill to create something beautiful; a collection of center pieces are available at the gallery. Also included in this show is a series of soft sculptures created out of Price's past canvas projects.
Whether making consciously sustainable art, playing with textures,or referencing a a peer, the materials chosen by an artist gives great insight into the completed work.