Barbara Rawls  / 503.939.9685 / / © All Rights Reserved


In my work I'm interested in forming abstract, color driven

shapes with a strength and structure that become a vocabulary informed by visual images. I search for the essence of a place

or image to create the abstracted forms. By combining imagery from my photographs and drawings the abstracted elements

find inherent symbolism.


I examine the painting surface through a layering process of grounding mediums, plaster, acrylic paint, collage, charcoal and graphite. I work on baltic birch panels and the marks I create by scrapping and scribing form history and depth in the surface.

I use drywall knives and brushes to saturate broad areas with color as I layer the surface. Working in a series, I find the process creates a play between the pieces and  a completion

of a cycle in a group of related works.

In Japan I found the most elegant use of shapes and forms everywhere. The positioning of one shape next to another fed my creative soul. I was drawn to the sculptural, textural quality

of walls on exterior and interior buildings and the use of color.


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