Michael Cloyd is originally from Ottumwa, Iowa. He lived for a while in Minnesota and now resides in Sunrise, Florida. He has been working in abstract art for forty years.
The artist states:
“Whereas many abstract painters are attempting to represent a reality, my paintings are simply color combinations, exercises in colors relating to each other, harmonizing in some paintings, yet creating stark contrast in others. I enjoy painting abstracts because there is so much freedom in what I can create.”
Using just a palette knife, Cloyd selects colors that he feels will blend together interestingly. He uses acrylics instead of oils because of their fast drying qualities. Working very quickly he begins with only a general idea of what he would like to see result on the canvas. “I really like the spontaneity of using the palette knife. With one stroke you create a variety of color combinations, hues and effects. I must decide whether or not to leave what I have done alone because another stroke will alter it forever.”
Although he does not try to paint “things,” he sometimes likes to have a mood, feeling or individual thought created by a painting. Some of his paintings are dark and moody while others are very colorful with a great amount of movement.