Carole Farnsworth Rabe
I receive my inspiration from intense observation of the things around me, exploring how the human eye perceives the things around us, and how the hand and the heart work to put the image on canvas.
My imagery is personal; I need some connection to my subject matter in order for me to claim it in a painting. The way light reflects on a countertop or hits the side of a chair is the spark that gets the painting started. My paintings are about the relationship between the colors, shapes, and values that are created by the color of light.
It’s a wonderful feeling when the reality of the painting takes on a life of its own and exists on its own apart from the objects observed. It seems like such a simple thing, but there is something magical and transcendent about this aspect of representation that has a very strong power for me.