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Art Talk | Rick Pettway
June 5, 2012#

Art Talk

My  art  is  my  view  of  life,  immersed  in  my  experience;  the  result  of  which  are  my  interpretations  released  in  the  form  of  pictorial  and  rhetorical  imagery.

Some  are  childhood  remembrances  of  Dad  burning  leaves  in  the  backyard  in  Autumn  and  the  soiled  pungent  smell  as  the  smoke  bellowed  throughout  the  neighborhood.  The  soil,  on  sunny  days  seemed  to  absorb  the  diamond  shaped  specks  of  sunlight  as  they  slipped  through  the  tapestry  of  the  trees,  forming  decorative  patterns  and  creating  an  almost  endless  variety  of  greens,  siennas  and  yellows.  The  simple  beauty  of  a  puddle  of  water  right  after  a  rain  and  the  green  life  that  emanate  from  it  is  so  surprisingly  clear  in  memory,  looking  back.  I  am  struck  by  the  contrast  I  see  in  an old  horse  grazing  his  final  days  away  in  the  same  pasture  as  the  rusted  out  old  truck  that  replaced  it,  years  earlier.

backyard  BurningThrough  abstract  art,  I  seek  to  inspire  curiousity,  subjectivity,  individuality  and  inspire  discussion.  Imagine  how  such  an  image  might  appear  after  emerging  from  the  influences  of  one’s  introspection.  My  subjects  are  people,  children,  animals  and  nature.  My  realism  themes  center  on  western  traditional,  history,  children,  outdoors  and  city  life.

I  enjoy  the  tranparent  effects  of  color  pencils  and  watercolors,  the  playful  laydown  of  color  markers,  the  grainy  depth  of  graphite  and  the  strict  line  of  pen  and  ink.  Mixed  media  offer  diversity,  simplicity,  adaptability  and  latitude  in  design  composition  and  technique.


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