|Paintings by Ross Barbera||
My recent work focuses on the natural sunlit world of the northeast landscape. Paintings range from extreme close ups of pond surfaces, trees, forest floors, leaves and flowers to more encompassing views. Created in acrylic on canvas and watercolor on paper, they explore the visual interaction that occurs between streams, ponds and bodies of water with their surrounding landscape environments. Inspired by the interplay and rich diversity of textural surfaces, form and color elements within these natural places, especially on water surfaces, my paintings capture close-up views of intimate forest settings. Sometimes tiny worlds of subtle harmonies and rhythms are revealed, where the recognizable becomes abstract. Abstraction discovered in the microcosmic is the primary motivation for my flower paintings. Although I have been painting the landscape since the late 70s’, flower paintings are a recent development and enable me to experiment more freely with composition. I hope my paintings communicate something of the peace and contemplativeness that I experience when visiting these natural places.
Although painting has defined my life, as a graduate student studying painting at Pratt Institute during the 1970's, I was also introduced to jewelry design. I instantly fell in love with working on small three dimensional jewelry objects, and lost wax and direct metal fabrication became my favorite methods of construction. By the mid 1980's my jewelry evolved from metal only to mixed media assemblages that included working in paper and other materials.