Clint Loomis Fine Art Studio
My work explores color and spatial relationships. A single painting may contain multiple views of an area, going from up close detail to vast distances. To me this is much like what occurs as people view their daily experiences. We focus on a detail and then look out more broadly over the richness of our environment.
Over the course of my 40 year career, I have often used individual panels within a work as a means of exploring spatial relationships. The relationship that follows establishes variations on a theme. I consider each view similar to a stanza of a poem – a thought imbedded in and supporting the integrity of the whole piece. Hence the name of the website: "Visual Poetry".
I acknowledge the rich historical influences of the Chinese scroll and screen painters, the Northern Renaissance artists and the artists of the late 19th and 20th Century.
Colors, the flow of lines, and the repetitive echo of shapes provide the formal transitions between the panels. It is interesting to find ways of merging different views within the paintings so as to leave the impression that of course, this is the natural way the scene would be viewed.
I began my career working with oil paints and doing a lot of intense black and white charcoal drawing, but since the 1980s have worked primarily with the mediums of water color, gouache, ink, pastels, and colored pencils. The paintings combine the materials through an extensive layering process (often ten or more thin layers) which allows the work to achieve its expressive richness.