Painting is my personal journey, my spiritual practice, and the expression of my whole being, reflecting my reverence for the natural world and my place in it. I mindfully explore the colors, shapes, and textures in their on-going evolution. It is in this mindfulness that I feel the vibration, the rhythm, and the flow of the universal collective in the present moment.
At the intersection of space and time is the point of creation. In that first moment of acknowledging the white of the canvas, to the beginning lines creating structure, to the final moments in the development of the composition, I mindfully move to notice how the formal elements all work in harmony. And then, there is that moment when I know that I have created what I was meant to create…that direct knowing, which constitutes, for me, that connection between thoughts and words, the wordless knowledge, where beauty, truth and justice are captured.
Greatly influenced by the magnificent masters of abstract expressionism, I study the purity of color, as well as the magic of overpainting, the stroke of the hand guided by my whole body, and the wonder of opening up space. My artistic mission is to create a balance, realizing mastery lies within the tension that is created by the rhythms of the back and forth.
Mary Barr Rhodes has won numerous awards and is represented in private and corporate collection in North America, Europe and South America.. She was voted Abstract Artist of the Year 2014 in the Art Comes Alive Juried Exhibition sponsored by Art Design Consultants. Rhodes works and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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