Kristy Gammill (b. 1977, Oklahoma) is best known for her painting exuberantly colorful abstracts marked by wiry loops and lines. Her palette is floral without growing soft, and she strives to show emotion through her brush strokes.
"Lately I’ve been wrestling with this idea of looseness and control, with a tension that comes from making marks that feel unforced and yet intentional. I look at the spidery lines of Cy Twombly’s abstracts and Joan Mitchell’s energetic splotches of color-and I catch myself trying to hover between them. Color is my first love, and I used to saturate my canvases, but I’m seeking more restraint now, and I’m finding a balance that feels brave-at least for me".