Schoolhouse Art Studio: Adele Yonchak

Schoolhouse Art Studio was conceived from a desire to celebrate creative expression and the important role that art plays in the making of the home. In this new series, we handpicked five independent artists to create one-of-a-kind works of art that will be enjoyed for generations to come. Below, Adele shares with us her process, inspiration and the role art plays in her own home.

How would you describe your work and yourself as an artist?

"I would describe my work as simple yet ambiguous. Landscape scenes are suggested instead of being overly realistic. I use active palette knife strokes to create texture and movement and big blocks of color. I believe my work represents me well as being traditional but with a modern twist and portrays how I see things with a unique point of view."

What does your creative process look like from start to finish?

"My process typically begins with a photograph of things and places that inspire me or my clients. I then typically create a simple black ink sketch to lay out the composition and general idea. But like my entire process, sketches are quick and do not include a ton of detail. The sketch is then simplified even more and transferred to the canvas with pencil – maybe even just a few lines to space the piece. I paint almost exclusively with a palette knife in big blocks of color, layering as I go into more detail. I work quickly and decisively and tend to do my best work in a few sittings. While my training was in oil I have learned to love the fast drying qualities of acrylic and have found it is well suited for my process."

What do you hope to communicate, or have people experience, with your art and this series in particular?

"I hope my love of my surroundings comes through in my work. Especially today when we all keep our noses down I hope my art allows people to stop and take a second look. Keeping landscapes abstracted allows clients to see the places and feelings that are individual to them, instead of an exact replica of a certain place in time."

Are they any rituals or routines you follow while creating?

"I try to eliminate distractions (which is difficult with young children) but sometimes I am only allowed small amounts of time in the studio so I must respond to each decision while painting intuitively and try not to overthink it. I think my scattered art routine would prove very unproductive for many but it works well with my quick process and crazy life. I also hate to waste paint so if I have mixed color leftover I typically spread it on a fresh canvas before cleaning up. Those strokes sometimes begin very interesting pieces.

What role does art and design play in your own home? Do you have favorite artists, collect paintings or create special works for yourself or friends & family?

"I’ve always been creative but once I decided to pursue art professionally I definitely look at my surroundings with more of an artistic eye than before. I appreciate home design and want my home to represent my point of view. I think my design atheistic is much like my artistic one: classic with a modern feel. You will find a lot of vintage pieces and things with years of stories behind them alongside clean modern lines. And while I have many of my own paintings throughout my home I tend to be attracted to work that is not something I would normally create myself. I love figure studies and more modern works for that reason."

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