I call this new painting Viva! It’s a 24″ by 24″ canvas that is part of my upcoming exhibition, In Rhythm, which opens on July 20 at the West End Gallery in Corning. In Spanish, Viva! is Long Live! or simply Live! Both definitions fit this piece well, especially when used in exclamation. This is a piece that exclaims.
Not a piece for the timid.
It has a glowing presence in the studio as though it is alive, the vibrant reds and oranges seeming to have their own pulse. There is a great intensity in the colors here, a quality that can sometimes get out of hand quickly. But the harmony between the color intensities in this piece really holds it together and gives it a placid quality that belies the strength and heat of the colors.
The way I see this painting is that the Red Tree is reaching upward from its perch, connecting with the energy contained in that sky, as though there is source of power, both physical and spiritual at once, swirling overhead. It has a feeling of the joy in simply being alive in the now, as though this single moment contains all eternity- past, present and future. A celebration. Fiesta.