Richard Wilson - The Pond Series
Among my favorite childhood experiences growing up in Santa Cruz was exploring ponds, tide pools and creeks. The myriad life forms: shapes, textures, rhythms, and especially the colors found there became a perfect representation of creation and the process of like. Accompanying the discoveries of color, I became fascinated with the depth. These trips led to a greater awareness of tactile sensations, energy, silence and peace.
My new paintings, titled after ponds of California and Maine reflect these early observations, including East-West orientation coupled with the real tension/harmony of each works two bolted panels.
My return planer surface represents a counterpoint to the more sculptural relief paintings I developed during the prior ten years. Employing the flat canvas affords me greater involvement with the interaction of color and optical effects of illusory space and light.
The early 21st century has brought near obsession with socio-political, economic and pervasive information concerns. Consequently for our wellbeing it seems to me of great importance to focus more attention on landscape-nature.