Growing up on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Angela Saxon has been interested in making art for as long as she can remember. On family camping trips, there were always sketchbooks and paints packed along. Angela went on to earn a BFA in painting from Indiana University, and now calls Traverse City in beautiful Leelanau County home, where she both lives and operates her studio.
Ever curious by nature, she is engaged in exploring the natural world and in studies of abstractions. Weather permitting, she paints directly from the landscape; a visual response to direct observation is an essential part of her work. When the weather forces her into the studio, she’s engaged with abstractions based on the direct observation of masterworks, a very similar intensity of looking to the en plein air work of the 19th Century. Mixed media collages combine fragments of her own drawings and paintings, including work from her early childhood up to the present.
Her visual language is transmitted with abstracted shapes rich in color and expression.