For Colleen Guiney, the process of making art is very much about accessing and exposing her emotional life. While much of it is from the subconscious and she is not always in control of how it arrives on the canvas, Colleen chooses what to reveal and what to keep to herself. For Colleen it is a deeply personal thing. What she paints when she turns up to the studio each day is driven by her mood, her surroundings and by a particular momentum of the day. For this reason she works on many paintings at the same time, all in different stages of completion.
Colour is as important to Colleen as the technique and narrative. She has experimented and worked with colour for many years, and it plays a pivotal role in developing the emotional connection to a piece. Colleen works methodically, layering and breaking up the surface with paint and pencil, adding, deleting and observing as she goes. "I find this process soothing for me and evolving for my practice. I hope the result is a connection to my work with a little curiosity thrown in."