Artist Statement for Rosemary Machado
A painting usually begins with one central theme: how the moon set the night before or how the light looked through the clouds that morning. Often it’s just a feeling, mood, or atmosphere left over from a dream I’ve just had.
When I face the bare canvas with these “almost” ideas, a conversation begins—free association that ends when the painting is done. I rarely plan paintings. I don’t sketch out what I want to do. If I draw something, the idea ends with the drawing.
Essentially, I want to create paintings that invite the viewer to enter and linger. Paintings that provide a place for the eye to rest, a refuge apart from the day-to-day rush. Paintings that let the viewer experience something new with each encounter; paintings that are beautiful without being merely pretty.