Kevin Lewis Cornell,
Born in Hollywood, California and raised in a suburb of Glendale, Ca.
I’ve been drawn to art instinctively and growing up it seemed to be the only thing that made any sense to me. I felt comfortable experimenting with different paints, tools, and mediums to enjoy letting go of the world around me. I’ve never been professionally trained, the only training I have had is from art teachers in the schools I attended showing me techniques and tools. I won a few art contest early on, but my parent’s interest was always baseball and I trained and played baseball for 14 years. I attended Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising after finally quitting baseballs and found a love for interior design. Life shortly took over and I stopped art and interior designing 25 years ago. When my wife and I both lost our jobs 5 years ago with four kids, I took a hard look at my life and what I had given up. The fire within has slowly been burning and I’m creating new work again for the first time in 25 years.
I just started painting and creating again 5 years ago off and on. I’m what I call still experimenting and learning everything all over again. Not everything I make will be liked, but when I finish something I always make sure I like it. Currently I’m experimenting with my work being painted on Plexiglas so I can have a shadow box light the work form the back. You have the option to not use the backlight and see the work three ways. Your standard front lighting, back lighting or both at the same time. It’s as though you have three pieces in one.
My reason for selecting Abstract art is I find it the most challenging to do. With still life, landscapes and figure drawing you have something in front of you for your eyes to see. Abstract is a challenge because you pull from ideas and imagination and communicate to a viewer what you see. Abstract is risky and not always appreciated in comparison to tradition works. But it is a roller coaster to create.
Showing your work means taking a risk but I always keep to mind what Andy Warhol said,
“Don’t worry about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad. Whether they love it or not. While they are deciding, make even more art”.-Andy Warhol