My thesis work consists of a series of figurative paintings that began as direct responses to the female nude model and then were completed without her presence, utilizing glazing and palette knife techniques. This approach allowed more freedom for creative resolutions. The creative process involved is highly personal and this paper represents an effort to gain a greater understanding of its complexities. The emphasis will be on the creative process in the visual arts. The direction of my research has been strongly influenced by the philosophy of Susanne K. Langer. I have found that her concept of what constitutes a work of art has a strong support in the studies of the creative process, of depth psychology, and of the evolutionary survival behavior of man. These areas of study have proved to be enlightening and provocative, and they form an essential basis for my view and understanding of the creative process.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Langer, Susanne Katherine Knauth,1895- --Influence; Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.); Painting--Technique

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Bornarth, Philip

Advisor/Committee Member

Heischman, Robert

Advisor/Committee Member

Meyer, Fred


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