Rachel Davis, Artist Statement

These paintings are inspired in part by a field guide to shells, a book I chose for the form, color and texture of its contents. The images within this field guide became a jumping-off point to create new forms and compositions. I was drawn to the shape of the shell, for its slick inside and textured surface, its range of color and its similarity to our bodies.

Each painting consists of layers of paint that are sanded, or carved into to reveal previous layers. I build up the paint surface and work back through existing layers, varying this technique by alternating thick, opaque layers and thin glazes of color. Shells are a natural starting point. Their sheer variety of form and color inspire a new visual vocabulary.

Rachel Davis © 2007