Heavily influenced by the radical geometry on the American Abstract Artists group from the 1930's and 1940's, and the geometric side of Abstract Expressionism, Honey Z. Brennan's work continues and expands upon this tradition. Her canvases incorporate cosmic and earthly images, painted in a largely hard-edge, geometric style.
Brennan, who majored in Political Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville and took various courses at the Art Students League in New York City is virtually self taught. However, she feels indebted to modern masters such as Al Held, Frank Stella, Elisworth Kelly, and Kenneth Nolan whose non objective geometric paints she discovered in the 1960's in New York museums and art galleries contemplating the form properties of their paints. There are references to futuristic images and post modern architecture in Brennan's art which is rich and unique, a visual amalgam of many styles, disciplines and cultures.
The artist begins a composition with detailed preliminary sketches, meticulously rendered then transferred to scale onto canvas. The placement of color is totally intuitive and changes are rarely made after the first application of paint. Colors are then numerically coded and applied in at least ten or more layers to obtain a deep saturation.
According to Brennan, "no accidents are allowed" except for one mistake deliberately incorporated into each composition. The artist adds this "mistake" as a metaphor for human folly and the notion that nothing in life is perfect yet life itself is still wonderful. It also is an opportunity for the artist to let go in an otherwise meticulously executed highly controlled work of art.