My name is Kent Paulette and I’m a 30-year-old artist painting under the name Derfla. I use uninhibited, energetic brush strokes and knife marks to create paintings with thick icing-like textures. My studio is in the mountains near Boone, North Carolina. I’ve created over 600 paintings and I have hundreds of paintings hanging in venues spread out across the region.
My favorite subjects to paint are women and one of my biggest goals is to capture their movement. I’m always looking to collaborate with female models.
I’ve posted my artist statement below so you can read about my process:
From the start of this journey I’ve opted out of symbolism, instead searching for a more direct way to express one core idea. This has led me to give control over to a process that allows the painting to come to life organically. The painting is able to occur as an uninterrupted event subject to the whims of chance.
I try to apply the paint without hesitation or indecisiveness, and without reacting to what has already been painted. In that all important moment when the paint touches the canvas, I tend to look away, allowing myself to get lost in it. These measures help to fend off the frustration and anxiety that may arise from any lingering tendency to control the outcome.
I do not try to conceal the process, but rather let it be revealed to anyone who is drawn to a closer examination of the painting. The thick texture and visible knife marks proclaim exactly how the painting was created.
I do not try to form an emotional connection with the subject matter. It is simply a passive element in the process, nothing more. This deliberate lack of emotion creates the room needed for my emotional argument, my emotional plea.