Every artist has a signature style that sets them apart from others. It can be a particular approach the artist takes in making their art. For example the artist may emphasize symbolic language, color, technique, or theme. When I was very young I fell in love with Georgia O’ Keeffe’s paintings.
Her signature style can be recognized by her use of a vibrant palette, sensual strokes and rigorous formalism. Early on she became known for her use of signs, symbols and idealized renderings of nature, particularly her sensual and revealing flowers and floating skulls on the landscape. So, what is my signature style? How would I describe a ‘Brandy Saturley’ painting? Over the last ten years I have noticed my signature style developing, recognized by a vivid colour palette often of aquamarine blue, orange, reds, purple and green. I render figures and objects in a representational manner on a surreal landscape or background. My work is largely symbolic and suspended in time. I tell my story through symbols of popular culture. Recurring themes in my work include, Canada, hockey, nature and sleeping or dreaming figures. I have always preferred curved and fluid lines to straight and altered reality, rather than high realism.
I have also developed a signature style in finishing the edges of my work. I always paint on a two inch depth, gallery wrapped canvas continuing the painting all the way around the edges so that all surfaces of the canvas are covered in paint. When I first started, I began by continuing the image on the front of the piece around the edges, allowing for a seamless extension of the painting and the ability for the viewer to be lead into the painting, no matter what angle they approach the painting. With the #ICONICCANUCK series of paintings I changed my approach and began painting a contrasting pattern of colours, stripes, and pattern on the edges, as if you were getting a whole new painting on the edges of the piece. Now, with my new work this year I am beginning to develop a new layer to these painted edges, they will now incorporate text in relation to the piece, telling a story all their own. Here are a few examples of the evolution of my painted edges.
Goalie’s Mask: red, white & Dryden – showing a portion of the front of the painting and continuous painted edge.
Saint Kanata – showing a portion of the front of the painting and continuous painted edge.
Poppies For Louise – showing a portion of the front of the painting and contrasting painted edge.
De-saturated Cherry – showing a portion of the front of the painting and contrasting painted edge.
There’s No Place Like Home – showing the front of the painting and contrasting painted edge with text.