Kimberly Forness Wilson Abstract Watercolors

What Inspires An Artist?

Have you ever looked at an artists’ work of art and wondered what inspired them? What personal impulses guide them to choose the style, medium, subject matter, and forms they use to express themselves? What do they strive to convey to viewers?

In this latest article of a series devoted to what inspires an artist I chose Jack Long, Diane Husson, Esther Sternberg, and Kimberly Forness Wilson, all member of Manhattan Arts International, to provide insight about their art and inspiration.

The banner image is a painting by Kimberly Forness Wilson.

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Jack Long

Jack Long, Small Vessel, Large Bloom, photograph, 24” x30” framed.
Jack Long, Small Vessel, Large Bloom, photograph, 24” x30” framed.

Jack Long’s “Liquid Sculpture” is outside the realm of traditional photography.  He sets liquids of varying viscosities and clarity into mid-air and captures amazing images using high speed flash photography that has a duration of as brief as 1/10,000th of a second.

His primary goal as a artist is, “to create and capture the three dimensional fluid form at it’s most interesting shape and position.”

The artist who has 35 years experience writes, “Pre-visualization, construction and the application of all of my skills are the foundation of the work.”

He exclaims, “Even with complicated construction and extensive testing, the results are still often surprising and serendipitous.”

Diane Husson

Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Ancient Wisteria Bench, welded steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 75″ x 45″ x 16″.

To create her nature-inspired sculptural art Diane Husson uses the rare process of concrete “faux bois” (“false wood” in French). It involves the adept layering of concrete over a steel armature.

After 10 years as a painter and illustrator she took a  tile-making workshop which inspired her to  study figurative sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

“As a sculptor, I am constantly drawn to the haunting quality of that crossroads where nature whispers about the spiritual world,” she explains.

Husson intends for her sculptural forms to “emerge as artifacts from an ancient civilization where the boundaries between nature and the spirit world were paper thin, and some secret wisdom is waiting patiently to be rediscovered.”

Esther Sternberg

Esther Sternberg, "Ocean 2015", oil on canvas, 30" x 40".
Esther Sternberg, Ocean 2015, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″.

New York artist Esther Sternberg creates expressive and colorful paintings of landscapes, water scenes, florals and portraits. Born in Russia, she has lived in Poland and Israel. Her diverse cultural background has influenced her unique, bold style as a contemporary Impressionist.

Sternberg takes photographs that interest her, and then she loads up her brush and palette knife with oil paint on canvas to bring a rich impasto effect that begs to be touched.

She explains, “I love the pureness of pigment, the richness of oil paint, and its soft texture when I mold it on the canvas.” She strives to bring an interplay of intense movement to her art work, arranged in dancelike forms, and to convey the emotion and moods of her subjects.

Kimberly Forness Wilson

Kimberly Forness Wilson
Kimberly Forness Wilson, Animagination, watercolor and gouache, 24″ x 20″

Kimberly Forness Wilson is a multi-talented artist, singer/songwriter and inventor. Her whimsical and dreamlike abstract paintings radiate a symphony of color, movement and fluidity.

Inspiration for her art originates from nature, music and dreams in addition to her cultural influences that include Scandinavian, Native American, Hawaiian and Asian.

She states, “There is frequently an inner musical accompaniment so I move between art, lyric and song. It is an ecstatic experience and I hope it translates to the viewer.”

A strong motivation behind her art is her belief in the healing power it provides.  Her personal transformation evolved over the years when the arts appeared to be “the only powerful tool for her personal change and healing.”  She shares the healing power of the creative process in her art and healing workshops.


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