Artist shows 'Beauty in the Mess' at Clackamas Community College campus in Wilsonville
While pouring swirls of zigzagging colors onto a canvas, a rainbow of paint often falls onto Danielle Turmaud's hands, clothes and her studio floor.
Her artistic process is chaotic — like the work itself and her life.
Turmaud is married, raising a child, is working on her doctorate in counseling, has a job as a therapist, and recently started selling her art. As the name of her new exhibit at the Clackamas Community College campus in Wilsonville suggests, Turmaud finds "Beauty in the Mess." And she hopes those who visit the exhibit, which runs until March 20 and includes about 20 pieces featuring a wide range of color schemes, will feel the same way.
"Life is beautiful, but also chaotic and messy," she said. "If they would like a reminder of how the messiness of life can be made beautiful, they should check it out. I hope it speaks to them."
Turmaud rediscovered her joy for art, which blossomed in childhood, while dealing with the responsibilities of adulthood.
"Art is one of the ways I take care of myself and give myself some me time," she said.
After becoming a prolific painter and realizing she needed supplemental income to afford supplies, Turmaud decided to begin selling her work via her business Beauty in the Mess Paintings. She said she has sold about 50 pieces in the past year.
"Social media is the way I've marketed everything," Turmaud said. "It's gone a lot better than I expected."
Turmaud uses an acrylic pour painting technique, where she splatters myriad colors onto a canvas and waits to see what patterns emerge. Then she'll add photographs, gold flakes or other decorative pieces.
"Such beautiful images come out of it," Turmaud said. "For the most part it has its own way of creating, and sometimes I'm completely surprised at what comes out."
She also titles each piece based on the feeling it evokes such as "The Galaxy Awaits," "From Darkness to Light" "Restoration" and "Transformation."
"A lot of them have encouraging values," Turmaud said.
In her job, Turmaud works with victims of abuse and trauma and incorporates art during sessions. At some point, she would love to introduce acrylic pour paintings.
"Survivors of trauma do well with creative techniques because it helps them cope and process in really powerful and unique ways," she said.
For her part, Turmaud finds creating art comforting and restful and and displaying it joyful.
"It's one of the most grounding and meaningful processes," she said.
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