Rita Whaley, Chicago Member Since May 2010 Artist Statement I paint to bring Sparks of Light into dark spaces. My paintings are expressions of the moment, expanding into forms and ideas as my vision unfolds. Starting with random shapes and colors as a background, I open my mind to all possibilities. Using acrylics, oil crayons, pastels and watercolor with digital brushes, different images emerge, take shape and suggest outlines and definition.
Dreams, my view of the world, spiritual experiences and intuitive feelings all seem to find their own place into my pieces. I enjoy the process and the surprise of letting the paintings evolve organically. I hope this intuitive way of art making allows you to see the paintings from your own point of you and make them your own.
Born and raised in Germany, I traveled the world, lived with my husband Bob in many different places and have now landed in Chicago. Here I reconnected with my best friend in life - my sister Tracy, who is an exceptional photographer. Together we have grown and learned to be successful working artists. None of this would be possible without my husband Bob, who does all the art fair setup, computer work and fixing the things we artists need to follow our muse.