Brian Hallas
      abstract imaginative realism
Like most artists, my primary goal is to entertain myself. When others appreciate my images, the collective experience enriches the entire adventure beyond my expectation. In my latest work, I’ve been focusing on the plants and flowers that decorate my daily life and using them to create abstract blooms of the imagination. I refine each floral portrait through the filter of “abstract imaginative realism” as a way to explore their innate mystery.

The iPhone is my main tool, to both shoot and manipulate my photographs. By using self-created filters and a variety of apps in combination, I distort the myriad essentials of the originals. This process dramatizes the textures, contours, patterns, hues, and moods inherent in the flora itself. I then use the resultant images as individual layers, combining them to create the final piece. The often-painterly result gives an intense and enigmatic experience.

After a long and rich life collaborating in film, music, and especially theater (principally as a sound designer in NYC), I turned to photography as my primary means of creativity. My tastes are stimulated by an eclectic spectrum of artists from an array of art forms, eras, and genres whose works never fail to encourage my creativity in this fantastic kaleidoscopic universe. It should also be noted that I’ve always regarded Grandma Moses as a true icon, and now that I’ve passed the age of 70, I feel closer to her than ever.