Artist Talk and Reception w/ Roberta Shea
Artist Roberta Shea’s works evoke the spirit of nature, as she captures its emotional color. Her physical mark-making mimics nature’s powerful process of renewal. Her work expresses nature’s mystical quality. You cannot help but get caught up in the work’s rhythm, space, and emotional color palettes. The work draws you in to investigate the activity on the surface, yet it also asks you to step back to view the entire work.
Her process is very physical with paint being dripped, scrapped, dragged, and layered, creating thick impasto and thin surfaces of abstract representation. When you focus on one part, it becomes its own abstract painting. Then, if you step back, a larger landscape reveals itself.
We see nature through Shea’s eyes: “I feel the primary purpose of art is to provide ways of looking at the world that stimulate and recharge the human imagination and at the same time provide a much-needed respite from the chaos of contemporary life.”