Meet Courtney Senior, Self-taught abstract artist based in Toronto, Canada.
“There are two reasons I love the Liquitex brand - quality consistency, and variety. I have never used a Liquitex product I didn’t like and that didn’t perform, from the range of acrylics to the brushes to the mediums and varnishes. It has always been one of my go-to brands. I love to experiment with new palettes and mediums and the selection that Liquitex offers is by far the best.”
Courtney immersed herself in creative activities since she was a child. Despite her natural passion for the arts, she pursued athletics. After dealing with severe anxiety in college, she returned to the arts for a short period while pursuing a career in marketing. When Courtney suffered a sudden personal loss, she again returned to art and from then on spent every free moment painting. Courtney considered painting her opportunity to express emotions non-verbally in a form to aid in grieving and healing.
A minimalist when it comes to tools of the trade, Courtney creates each piece with fluid and soft body acrylics, paddle brushes, and a silicone wedge tool. She uses color, depth and movement to evoke positive energy through her work.
Watch her work below.
INTERVIEW WITH Courtney Senior
You bring life and depth to your art through use of texture, specific tools, and color selection. How did you decide on a style and technique for your work?
I have always been obsessed with abstract paintings. They are so complex and have so much personality to them, that I knew that was the avenue of art I was going to tackle. However, it took a few years of experimenting with different techniques to get to where I am now. I was always on the hunt for new mediums and tools to try. Eventually, I found my perfect combo, paddle brushes, fluid acrylics and wedges. With these tools, I was finally able to create the movement and depth that I wanted. My style has evolved over the years, but my toolset has not.
Why do you feel it’s important to give back to the art community through education?
I am a big advocate of sharing tips and tricks, whether it’s around abstract painting techniques or marketing and selling your work. I don’t believe knowledge should be held hostage. When I started my artist journey, I was so grateful to the artist community for sharing information and now I want to pay it forward to the next generation of aspiring artists. The artist community is an incredibly supportive place and one of the biggest reasons is that we share our experiences so that others can also be successful.
Do you have any ‘studio hacks’ that you’d like to share?
The best studio hack I adopted was creating my own paint swatches. As someone who uses a lot of varying color palettes, it’s not always easy to remember how I created certain colors. Every time I mix a new color, I make a paint swatch and write on the back what colors I used. I keep all of these in a little bag. These swatches also come in handy when trying to come up with new color combos. I also keep a spreadsheet of what colors I used for each painting I’ve created so I can reference them when I want to paint something similar.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an artist who is struggling to find inspiration?
We’ve all been there. Those days, weeks or months where you just can’t seem to bring your creative vision to reality. Maybe you’re uninspired and unmotivated, maybe you just can’t get into that flow state or maybe you’re just purely and utterly frustrated with everything you produce and feel like nothing is working. Battling a creative slump is exhausting, especially when in your heart of hearts you know you want to create something beautiful and inspiring. My advice is to take a break and shift your focus. Dip a toe into something new. This doesn’t mean you throw your artistic styleto the wayside; it means you try something else with zero expectations. It will give your brain the opportunity to concentrate on a new task that will help stimulate your creative mojo.
What is your favorite Liquitex item in your studio and how do you use it?
Hands down it’s the Liquitex Transparent Mixing white. I layer this on top of color to create varying degrees of depth.
Courtney's FAVORITE LIQUITEX PRODUCTS
Below are some of Courtney's favorite Liquitex colors, selected from her studio.