I paint bodies as mist, light, ghosts and winged beings, as wind. I try to relay what grounds us to stay earthbound – discovering how we as humans exist on terrain that is a meld of animal, plant and cosmic matter. Having encountered near death experiences and thus having seen a different side of life has given me an unusual perspective of reality. I address themes of existence and persistence by exposing the light and energy that I recognize. In these portraits, I paint specific people’s spirit referenced from photos and remembered conversations exchanged between us. Recognizable figures appear and disappear. The work is heavily layered and glazed, with words and colors scratched into the paint creating both physical depth and deep radiance. I aspire to have the resulting glow translate each painting into the dreamtime that allows for transcendence conceptually and spiritually.
Robin Ross, educated at the University of Colorado and NYU, lives and works in New York City. Most of the information you may be interested in knowing about can be found on her website at www.robinross.com .