More About "Transformations," by Rose James
I love painting with oils. I love how it feels as the paint goes onto the canvas. I love the smell. I love the way the paint works with itself. I love that it can be applied thick or thin. . . or it can be both at the same time. I love how the colors can be layered where one color peeks through another. I love the fun of it all. My inspiration comes from my years as a botanical artist. Although plants are the source, in my paintings I want the plants unique qualities to go beyond replication of the natural world. I envision these subjects, transformed by abstraction and playing with the paint on the canvas, as intriguing new visualizations. I want the viewer to see with new eyes. I want them to feel how the paint provides the discovery. Painting almost exclusively with a pallet knife allows me to change the reality of the subject. It allows me to focus on painting uninterrupted. Nothing is painstaking just spontaneity and joy.
About the Artist:
Rose’s work has taken a new direction. After spending many years as a botanical artist, she has returned to painting in oil on canvas. Her pieces are considerably larger and freer than her botanical work. Her primary focus is abstracting botanica using the elements of art: line, color, shape and repetition.