As artists, we are first taught the basic rules and techniques of painting, and it is with this knowledge that we convey our understanding of the world, as we see it, on a flat surface. However, at some point, I reached a place in my life where I could no longer ignore my need to let go, to metaphorically color outside the lines. Abstract painting is a means of artistic expression and is often associated with words like creativity, harmony, balance, unity and originality; things we also strive for in our lives. This genre of art, this experience in my life, has been liberating and enlightening. The transforming feeling sparked by self-expression has empowered me as a person and has made it possible for me to truly call my work, my life, my own.
My mother Beverly Coleman, who started me on
this journey when she bought me my first
easel and first set of brushes when I was 3 years old
My friend and mentor, artist Fonda Clark Haight,
who brought art back into my life
My son Alton D. Coleman Jr., "Tú eres mi vida"
… "You are my life"
And my wife, best friend and soul-mate Tammy Coleman,
whose support makes it possible for me to do what I do… I love you.
Tammy is a native Georgian, born and raised in Blairsville, a rural town nestled in the north Georgia mountains. After graduating from high school, she attended Berry College and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education (West Georgia College) and an Educational Specialist Degree (University of Alabama). However, it wasn’t until she and Alton purchased a Cannon EOS Rebel for Christmas in 2009, that she decided to pursue her interest in photography.
Today, Tammy’s favorite subjects are architecture, landscapes and nature. While most people are adept at pointing their camera and capturing an image, Tammy transcends such an act with her ability to capture the essence of her subjects. It is one thing to photograph a flower, it is another thing to be able to convey its true identity to a viewer.