Undercurrents

by Susan Burnham Neilson
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 30″

This painting was one of a series that started with inspiration from visits to fabric shops in Vancouver. I bought samples of richly coloured silk, as well as woven fabrics with beautiful textures and surface qualities. These were then spread out around my studio. I began painting with an interest in illusion, studying subtle folds and shadows of cloth on a tabletop. Then I moved towards abstraction and purely playful design. Colours, shapes and patterns hinted at undercurrents of meaning. By altering bands of colour and considering different points of view, new possibilities were suggested, with vertically stacked layers reminiscent of geology or the passage of time.

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