I work with clay as a cathartic response to my tangent-filled thoughts. Creating low relief carved disks acts as a form of communication. The physicality of working with clay, the risk and surprise, and flexibility of the medium are all part of the process. This series represents my wanderlust. After summer travels, I reflect on the importance of experiences. To learn through experience surpasses all. We often are told that we must see what others call a “wonder of the world” yet I am just as impressed with culture, crafts, food, mythology, and landscape. Travel fills one with ideas as well as appreciation of home. My disks or tile works are unified by the use of the circle or tondo format: a portal, a cycle, a form, and a repeated pattern. I draw inspirations from southern traditions of storytelling as I exaggerate experiences and thoughts in works with images. This series depicts places I have been and modes of transportation. This is an unfinished series. As long as I live, I will need to see, taste, experience, and go. I will infuse all I learn in teaching my students.
An Installation with Sound
A Painterly Walk Through the Woods
When I explore nature, I mentally record what I see, and then go back to my studio and create my paintings. The medium I prefer is acrylic paint, the surface is canvas. My colors are rich and with a brush I make my compositions dance. At times, I use dotted lines and dotted shapes to illustrate natures language. My blended colors create atmospheric mystery and travel. The small shaped drawings attached to the paintings, represent our interaction with nature. I have captured precious moments in time and transformed them into abstract compositions inspired by nature.
The Nature of Nature: A Photographers Walk
with R. Wayne Wrights
Waterworks Visual Arts Center 123 East Liberty Street Salisbury NC 28144 p. 704.636.1882 f. 704.636.1895