PAULINE RAKIS
TITLE: CHAOS
SIZE: 18″ x 23.5″ (framed)
MEDIUM: Acrylic on watercolor paper
PRICE: $400
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Pauline has an element of discovery to her paintings. Acrylic paint is her preferred medium because of its flexibility. After selecting the size and type of support, such as canvas, paper or wood, she primes the surface with a coat of gesso. A bright undercoat of paint is then used to set the stage for the painting. The undercoat gives a luminosity to the piece when portions of it are left uncovered as other layers of paint are applied.

For her collages the fluid nature of acrylic paint is instrumental in coloring art tissue. Another method of tinting the tissue is to use rusted items such as nails, washers, cans, which have been sprayed with white vinegar. After spraying the items, they are placed on the tissue and allowed to “drip” onto the paper creating a variety of interesting shapes and color for the for the piece.

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Pauline says, “While I continue to produce a variety of subject matter – landscape, still life, etc. – exploring various mediums and styles has brought me to abstract painting and collage. The experimental nature of abstracts and collage is allowing my imagination to flow in many directions. Not limiting myself in subject matter, I frequently do not declare an intention for the painting. I enjoy having the painting evolve from shapes and colors I have applied to my supports. It is my goal to enjoy the process of producing art and have it bring pleasure to those who view it.”

While Pauline’s interest in painting laid dormant for a number of years, she has painted regularly since early 2012. She says, “I continue to learn and explore. Exploring different mediums and styles has brought me to where I am now. I am thankful to the workshop instructors and teachers who guided me and challenged me.  Having embarked on this path, art has now become my life’s work. It brings me joy and happiness. It is also what I do for my well-being.

“Many say that life is a journey. I find the artistic life to be an adventure. Art has opened the world to many possibilities: challenges, hopefulness, creative expression to name a few. Ultimately, the adventure will continue as I share my work with others.”