Pauline Rakis

My paintings have an element of discovery. There may be an idea when I start, but the painting takes a different direction and a completely

unexpected outcome happens. The unveiling of an object is exciting. Laying down shapes and color often brings out an unexpected image which can be developed further. Often a traditional theme or central image emerges such as a landscape, still life, or seascape.

Some of my works are representational while others are impressionistic. Non-objective, abstracts and collage are the most freeing. They are also when I am most creative because they allow me to be inventive, calling on my intuition rather than a specific subject. Following an established “art rule” is often restricting.

When working the painting, I may ask myself: is it pleasing, does it have a sense of balance, is it compositionally accurate, do the colors work together, do I need to add lines for a different emphasis? All of which are affected by the selected materials.

Acrylic paint is my preferred medium because of its flexibility. It can mimic watercolor with its fluidity and oil if applied thickly. Being easily manipulated, acrylic paint can add interesting texture to the piece. After selecting the size and type of support, canvas, paper or wood, I prime my surface with a coat of gesso. A bright undercoat of paint is them used to set the stage for the painting. The undercoat gives a luminosity to the piece because it is left uncovered as other layers of paint are applied.

For my collages the fluid nature of acrylic paint is instrumental in coloring art tissue. Another method of tinting the tissue is to use rusted items  such as washers, nails, and cans which have been sprayed whit white vinegar. After spraying the items, they are placed on the tissue, sprayed several times again, and allowed to “drip” on the paper creating a variety of interesting shapes and color for the piece.

My work invites the viewer  to see differently – to analyze, to ask questions. Art drives people to communicate within themselves and between others. Igniting such conversations are my ultimate goal; to document history, think about the future and give insight to a world outside of the one in which are familiar.

Pipe Organ II
Inner Strength
Red Checkered Tablecloth
Farmers Market Bouquet
Green Wine Bottles
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