There is no greater gift than melody. Music, along with visual art, can push and pull at the very center of us all. My paintings meld a musician’s melodic aura and unrestrained creativity together on canvas. The artwork is my own interpretation of their creative selves; it is a tribute to their artistic genius.
My vision for each portrait is to glimpse the musician’s raw self, that part of themselves they lay bare only in their music. There is a kinship between color and music – both can say what words can not.
I paint musicians in an attempt to share my vantage point of the art and the geniuses who make it. I long to give music a visual representation. It’s a lofty goal because it’s much like assigning words to emotions in which there are no existing descriptors. The feelings music awaken in me far surpasses love.
My 10+ years as a journalist and graphic artist left me with a great understanding of design principles. I was born in Strawberry Plains and I now live in Knoxville, TN. In addition to being an artist here at The Art Market, I also have an Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/klockmillerart and an artist website at KLockmillerArt.com. I’m always making strides to better myself as an artist and gain a greater understanding of other local artists. Being a member of the Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance has helped tremendously in this aspect.
I began painting for others in 2017 as an outlet to share all the mesmerizing images I see as I listen to music. While I can remember the lyrics to almost any song I’ve ever heard, I am most fascinated by the people who pen them. I describe my style as painting in shadowed hues.
My musician portraits are formed by breaking down each artist into pieces of shadows and highlights. They come together like puzzle pieces on canvas. My color palettes vary for each artist depending what I see as I concentrate on their music and my knowledge of them. It’s also greatly influenced by the time in their careers I chose to depict them.
I think Wassily Kandinsky said it best: “Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting and … stop thinking. Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to walk about into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”