Artist Statement My work is painterly and allegorical, caught somewhere in the middle between the representational painter and the narrator. I am inspired by the idea of a childhood revisited through fables, fairy tales and nursery rhymes that are often told as bedtime stories. It is through this story telling and other childhood rituals that I have begun the process of deconstructing the ideas of childhood innocence and how that may influence and imprint who we become as adults. I often find myself working simultaneously with animal imagery in a separate body of work that allows me to explore these sentient creatures and ponder their symbolism and meaning in modern and ancient cultures. The animals are not sentimental and cute but characters with a trace of humanity. It is imagination at the core of these pieces that drives me to create my own stories and interpretations that often contrast the unexpected and represent the possibility. As a contemporary painter, I choose to use a combination of indirect painting and wet-on-wet techniques. By blending these techniques, I can add bold color (wet-on-wet) as well as create depth of layers that can only be achieved through glazing. Originally from August, Georgia, Gwen Wong has lived in Atlanta for 20 years and exhibited in Atlanta and nationally nearly as long. Her work can be seen in numerous private and corporate collections.