My abstract work is inspired by impressionist studies of things of the natural world. Obscure was born of a study of fast-moving water over a bed of rocks, titled Intimation.
I love studying water. It can literally take millions of forms, from gentle swirls to destructive tsunamis and so many more.
While working on the study Intimation, it occurred to me that even though it was just a little, shallow stream, it could camouflage or even hide everything beneath it. I was struck by how we as humans so often attempt to hide, or “veil” who we really are, depending on who we are with at any given time.
Obscure was the fourth in my series Our Veils. The very organic movement and line in the underpainting (the original) belies the strong vertical line of its “veil”. This indicates a desire to conform or “straighten up”. A statement I’ve heard many times in my own life.
Acrylic diptych on canvas
Panel 1 - 12 x 12 inches, Panel 2 - 36 x 12 inches
48 x 12 total inches
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Obscure I - Panel 1 of diptych - 12x12 acrylic on canvas