I grew up beside a lake in a rural part of New Jersey, spending my days

outdoors as much as the weather would allow. My consciousness

became attuned to the rhythms of the seasons and the energy of nature.

This stream became the basis of my painting. Later on, when I lived in

northern California as a young adult, it was my first time experiencing

the special light that exists there. I now spend months each year there for

the light, the beauty and the inspiration of the place. The other important

influence on my work has been my lifelong appreciation of music.

Working in the abstract, I feel like I am channeling the vigor and

cadences of nature and music. Rhythms appear as drips and

brushstrokes; colors and patterns are quiet, loud, energized, erratic. 


My work process is both exploratory and considered, utilizing multiple

materials on changeable surfaces, always venturing into unknown

territory. I work through several paintings at once, improvising with

drawing, dripping, brushing paint until I get to a place with each piece

that reflects a moment in time, the unexpected, as if captured in action.

My approach to painting is both experiential and experimental, my

interest is expressing beauty and energy in the work.

Alyce Gottesman



Moby, 10" x 8", ink, acrylic on board, 2016