Today, we are publishing our sixteenth interview in our new series, Hope in Adversity. One that’s based around art, artists and isolation during the midst of Covid-19. This interview is with award winning mobile artist with Clint Cline from Florida, United States. Cline employs a technique within his painting that embodies religion, storytelling and abstract art. His paintings are powerful, mysterious amalgams of landscapes and unique craggy forms that elicit abstract shapes, symmetrically balancing powerful colour tones. Grounded by the love and support of his family, his faith and mobile art, Cline delves deeper into some projects that he explains, he has ‘long neglected’. The imagery employed has the simplicity of a Shaker chair but the discipline, calmness and originality that radiates from Cline’s paintings, makes for the envy of many an artist. Enjoy!
To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry, Ile Mont and, Fleur Schim, Fiona Christian, Peter Wilkin, Ile Mont and Susan Latty, please follow this link
If you are social distancing or social isolating at this time, are you using any additional time you may have to create mobile digital art or photography?
Despite the disruption of laboring remotely I’m working at as torrid a pace as normal. While technology for teleworking is nothing short of amazing, I’m finding my time spent on-task to be more than typical mostly due to workstation configuration, and constraints in bandwidth and handling the massive file sizes I work in, especially for video.
I have netted extra time for iphonegraphy from the quarantines but it has come from the major sports leagues being shuttered. Spring for me means National Hockey League playoffs, the beginning of Major League Baseball, and the National Football League draft and minicamps. The overlapping seasons is a sports fan’s luxury.
If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?
My art style has not changed. The extra time has allowed me to re-visit a couple long-neglected continuing series and to produce fresh works.
If yes, to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?
Specifically, I’ve been able to find the concentrated time necessary to work on my Diremptio series. Each piece is a complex construction of incongruous elements that takes focused efforts for color and layering.
Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?
I’ve been impressed with the creative response by artists to the almost universal hardship of this pandemic. The impulse to create, both as a stress response for the artist and as a means to help others process our shared circumstance has been inspiring. It has created a new kind of creative kinship that I’ll long treasure.
Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you at this time specially, how and why?
I am blessed with several anchors in my life, chief among them is my family and my faith. They are tethers that keep me grounded through most any circumstance. So too is my digital art a guy line to a comforting routine into which I am able to retreat everyday. Among other things, this present pandemic has sharpened my sense of observation and empathy which has influenced a number of pieces I’m working on.
Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?
I believe sharing our art anytime – whether on a gallery wall or online – is an opportunity to engage and share others. Art itself in an inherently social enterprise. I also believe God designed us with a innate need to connect, and now with a world lived behind barriers, our natural instincts circumscribed to isolation, our art – all art – is our connection.
Anything else you would personally like to add…
I’m grateful for platforms like TheAppWhisperer that afford us the opportunity to learn and grow and share as artists. I so appreciate your tireless commitment to this, which especially inspiring in light of your own health challenges! Blessings to you, my friend.
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