Stillman and Birn
gallery
April 19th, 2019

Awakening

ARTIST: Rachel Gates, United States
ARTIST STATEMENT:
When I painted this, I’d been thinking about the importance of sketchbooks. How they are more than just a place to create. They are a place to experience, to explore, to learn, to share with the world or even to keep sacred with oneself. I was excited to dive into the first page of my new Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook, on which this is painted, with a new perspective. I decided to start this work loosely, mixing my acrylic paint with a lot of water and relaxingly blocking in all the shapes and values. I initially worked with a very limited palette, only drawing from a few colors in order to maintain a neutral aesthetic. Towards the end of the piece, I added in the glowing sun rays and hints of pink and reflective light into the sky and water. Seeing the vibrancy of the sunset manifest only towards the end of the painting, I felt refreshed and at peace. It is my hope that this painting can make someone feel this way too.

Media: Acrylic Paint
Surface: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Rachel Gates is a landscape artist based in the state of Maine. Surrounded by beaches, mountains and forests, Rachel draws daily inspiration from the endless beauty in nature. Studying how light interacts with different environments, Rachel enjoys conveying in her paintings the natural harmony that exists amongst a balance of brilliant colors and both light and dark values. Rachel works to evoke a sense of depth, authenticity, and timelessness in her paintings that allows the viewer to feel centered and present in the experience. Follow Rachel’s paintings on Instagram at www.instagram.com/paintrachel

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