Last year I experienced some health setbacks which resulted in being diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic blood disease. As you can imagine, a diagnosis like this can send you into a bit of a head spin, so I drew on my faith to keep me at peace. Symbolically after the Great Flood in the Bible, the first promise of land was a twig, brought to Noah by a dove. Therefore the dove is symbolic of "hope". In addition to this, the white horse depicted in Revelations in the bible was symbolic of the Conquerer. Knowing that there is hope and all things are conquered gives the painting its namesake, Freedom Without Restraint.
The Wallpaper collection is a juxtaposition of masculine meets feminine. I wanted to create a unique series that stands apart from traditional nature paintings, where the wild and somewhat prehistoric aspects of my animals featured contrast against their delicate backdrops. In addition to this, many of my paintings are created with a little bit of underlying symbolism usually sparked from a world event or life moment that I am experiencing. I concentrate on this theme as a therapeutic mantra throughout the creation of the painting.
For each painting, different techniques and layers of design are implemented when creating the wall paper effect. To keep the patterns consistent I create a stencil to outline the shapes of my hummingbirds, bugs and fish, and then I hand paint each shape individually. In the areas where I wanted a little more chaos, I would forgo the stencil and eyeball each design. My animals are always painted first, and then I layout the design around them.
- Alana Clumeck