Casey Wakefield is an abstract painter who creates color impressions with mixed media and oil paint onto canvas and paper. She was raised in a small midwestern town in central Illinois and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Although, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Illinois State University and Master of Arts in Elementary Education, she always longed to create as an artist. In 2017, she took that leap and studied classical painting at Milan Art Institute.
Now, Wakefield creates abstract paintings that capture the essence of experiences, moments, and memories in unique and spontaneous color patterns. Her depictions express a contemplative and genuine transformation of colors, drips, and marks onto canvas with mixed media and oil that develop into unique layers and depth within each piece of art. When viewing Casey’s abstract paintings, you will see and feel an inner working that has traveled onto the canvas.
“I am inspired by groupings of color that catch my eye and the essence of a memory or experience, music, quote, or poem. For me, the joy of painting is to watch the abstract emerge into something that evolves from the process and in the end creates an emotional connection for the viewer.”
While studying at Milan Art Institute, Wakefield discovered her passion for color and letting the process of painting determine the outcome in abstract form. Her artwork has been exhibited at Royse Contemporary in Scottsdale, Arizona and seen in international and local publications including House and Garden, Phoenix Home and Garden magazine, Scottsdale Independent, YabYum Music + Arts and VoyagePhoenix. Currently, you can view her artwork at www.caseywakefieldart.com and Instagram @caseywakefieldart to see the latest from her full-time studio practice.
When creating my abstract paintings, I am inspired by the essence of the creative process. I like to create compositions of color, some predictable and others unpredictable, with layers of acrylic ink, collage, acrylic paint and finishing with oil paint. Depending on the memory or experience I am creating, I collage paper with patterns, quotes, music sheets, or poems. For me, the joy of painting is to watch the abstract emerge into something that evolves from the process. The canvas becomes a contemplative transformation of colors, drips, and marks. The final goal for the finished product is for the painting to create an emotional connection for the viewer.