Deb Madigan
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The artist Paul Klee wrote a book of pedagogical teachings titled, The Thinking Eye. In a nutshell, I have searched for meaning and direction by trying to find a creative path while learning how to see the world around me in a new way with this thinking eye. Intellect is involved here - through the creative process, though it is often hard to resist beauty. Drawing has always been a foundation for my work, but this naturally branched out to painting, collage, printmaking - multi-media works. It is in the process that art evolves - and for me a completed piece is the stepping stone for where to go next. Art work can be physically and emotionally exhausting, but the transitioning process through the work has been a vehicle for flight.
Being a gardener and a reader too, the natural world around me is a constant resource for ideas and sensations, but through reading, it is the internal picture that can transition to paper/canvas. If I am not working on a piece of art, I am thinking of it. I don't think there is any one specific thing that moves me to the creative process - I only know it is something I have to do, and it has given meaning and richness to all aspects of my life. 
I hope my work invites, moves the viewer to look, question, think, feel - and maybe to alter the way they perceive and experience the world around them.