|©2015 Ravenna Taylor, "Springhead," oil on paper, 30 x 22.5 inches|
The paintings have been executed in oil paint, mostly on the paper called Arches Huiles, which is formulated for oil paints and solvents without the need for priming. I enjoy this immediacy, and the sensations of paper, the mix of drawing, fluid wash, stain and brushwork, the imperatives of my materials.
The reference to rivers grounds my intention in the dominant feature of the place where I live, as well as my ongoing preoccupation with time, its passage, and the evidences of what changes and what endures. It also refers to the spiritual song by Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers to Cross, which I was listening to somewhat obsessively in the studio last summer.
I hope you'll visit the exhibition at www.abartonline.com and please give me your comments here, or respond to Joe Walentini, a kind friend and supporter of my work for some long years now! Thank you, Joe.