A practicing artist since 2010, Palmer identifies himself as an Abstract Expressionist painter who works primarily with oil on canvas. Creating complete abstract work has always appealed to him as it's so far removed from reality. What may begin as something figurative or a vague idea can evolve into something completely unrecognizable.
Palmer’s work is very immediate and spontaneous. He starts with a basic composition and then introduces color, lines, texture and so on until some kind of chaotic form is brought to life. These elements are moved around, constantly added and removed until the overall feeling that he is trying to achieve is apparent. There is no representational narrative. Palmer’s goal is to evoke an emotional reaction and for the viewer to have some kind of visual response. The viewer is not expected to see what he sees or feel what he feels, but to use the work as a source for their own individual perception.
“I have never been good at communicating my emotions. For me, painting is a creative outlet where I can visually communicate for emotions or opinion without saying a word.”
Preston Palmer is a self-taught painter from northern Minnesota, currently living and working out of the Pillsbury A-Mill in Minneapolis.