Statement

Transitions are great opportunities for creating and this year is no different.  Seriously painting for 17 years, I’m embarking onto a new path in my work and life.  Abstractions have always been important to me and I am currently painting a body of new work based on geographical spaces/places.  

Having a good foundation in color and form, thanks to studying with Hung Liu, Anna Valentina Murch and Catherine Wagner at Mills College, I’ve been painting thematically for quite a while, creating series work.  Now I want to concentrate on surface and materials creating my content.  Painting is not just about a statement on painting for me, even though the materials are seductive.  Passionate about nature, I live and regularly walk near trees, rocks and rivers, and the sea.  Organic shapes permeate my paintings, layers of color and form make up the final finished work.

Having traveled out to California at the age of 3 from Louisiana, in the backseat of a station wagon, crossing wide open spaces, along with long drives into the mountains and rocky nooks of Santa Barbara, with my father, exploring poppies, rocks and old caves, or moving from Southern California to Northern California as a young girl before high school and criss crossing the land, in many states, especially Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico as an adult, the geography has left lasting impressions of the land, it’s cracks, surfaces, juxtaposed with jutting cliffs, red tones and greens, and sky weather contrasts in different seasons.

Recent travel has also left it's impression.  Most recently the open lands of Denmark, with it's big rolling skies, the sea, birds and wildlife.  The Seine, in France feels like home as does Hurup, Denmark where I found surving family from my fathers side.  Able to see the old farm and the forest my great great grandfather helped plant are all fertile memories and imagery for my work.  I don’t set out to paint any particular landscape, but different harbors, reflections, shadows, tree growth, lizards, blue heron, pelicans, waves crashing, sands blown by wind across shore surfaces and of course the rocks I find in these places all influence and inspire my work.

Abstractions in my work tend to take on some sort of nature element or place; paintings are a place for me to tell my story, and figures are not always absent.  I am where I am.  I hope the viewer will stand in my place and wander where my brush and color takes them.

Robbin Milne

2017