"This piece was painted during a depression phase of my bipolar disorder. It shows the viewpoint from being at the bottom of the ocean, or feeling as if I was drowning, but being able to see the sky up above. The sky makes a reference to the work of Vincent Van Gogh who also had bipolar disorder and painted as a way to cope with his symptoms and express himself through art. He has been an inspiration in my own art making and this painting helped me to create hope to come out of this blue phase. This painting was created during a phase of expression that I experienced. The canvas I painted on is literally a navy blue canvas that I painted over as a way to bring meaning into feeling blue and using art to get through it. You can see the original deep blue color of the canvas on the sides of the canvas, that I intentionally left blank, even though the paint created beauty over the original blue color."
- Randy Nicholson
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Randy is an abstract-expressionist artist who started creating art due to a need to express himself. Randy lives with bipolar disorder. The day Randy joined ArtLifting, he shared:
"Your interest in my work makes me feel validated. Validated. Not 'validated as an artist' or anything like that —just validated. This is a new feeling for me and, truthfully, makes me somewhat uneasy. However, it does feel empowering and satisfying. I am grateful for you."
Randy enjoys being able to share his life in a visual way and is constantly exploring new techniques and expanding expressive possibilities. His paintings encompass a variety of styles. The creative process provides Randy with solace and satisfaction as he heals himself. Randy’s painting “Mixed Feelings” was the first ArtLifting piece to ever be featured on an ArtLifting phone case. Randy loves the idea of having his painting be part of others’ everyday life. Imagining his work traveling with people each day makes him feel “like his art has meaning.”
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