This most recent series about rainbows is the product of the joy I felt after coronavirus restrictions were lifted, and there was a gradual return to pre-pandemic normality. A rainbow--a magical, mystical, mythical entity--is a fitting vehicle to express that emergence from the darkness. Instead of painting stereotypical celestial arches, I paint a variety of spectral patterns against a variety of backgrounds that evoke attendant associations. I contrast brightly-colored sweeping spontaneous gestures with structured, colorless, geometrical patterns. Ethereal and fleeting in nature, a rainbow transcends concrete reality and offers a glimmer of hope. It conjures up feelings of celebration, gaeity, festivity, and functions as a symbol of diversity.
Diversity has always been a key component in my art. I use diverse techniques, media, subject matter, and textures, so the use of a rainbow as a symbol of diversity not only serves as an easy compositional technique, but also serves as an indictment of those who think only in black and white. (eg. the shooter at the Q Club in Colorado Springs).
But a rainbow transcends such storms. The rainbow is a beacon of light that shines through a world immersed in grey tones, devoid of color vision. Such a black and white world lacks the ability to expand its boundaries and embrace the creative spirit. This irridescent apparition is inclusive of all the colors, seemingly eternal, and limitless in its power to rise above the baseness of the material world.