Banana Lakatan (2015)
The luxuriant vegetation invades a large part of the canvas, like a tapestry with a tropical theme. An abundance of banana leaves, broad and some damaged, rustle in the quiet air, painted in the full spectrum of greens and browns introduces a tumultous animation into the composition. The heart of the banana bravely hangs with its weight and the scarlet blooms give rise to golden fingers of sweet ripe fruit. Butterflies attracted to the heart of the banana give you a playful experience adding interest and grace.
The rustic background echoes the state of the damaged leaves and a serene stillness to the atmosphere. The main tree is bent with the weight of its fruits. The vegetation on the foreground with sparkling purples, greens and yellow pivots your attention back to the center of the canvas, that you can almost taste the sweetness of its fruits.
As a painter, I am inspired by the diverse cultures and people on our planet. I also like to capture the beauty in the mundane objects and places. By exploring my personal and spiritual connection with nature through my interpretation of God's creation, I strive to create images that transport the viewers to a different state of mind. I want them to experience something new that they have not noticed in the past.
Utilizing both my illustrative instinct that I acquired through years of experience in Graphic Design and my modern stylistic technique, I am able to explore the art of painting to achieve a sense of self-fulfillment. My style and my love of color give me a sense of freedom and joy in creating, which, in turn achieve a sense of motion and emotion in my work.
Armed with the design elements of line, shape, color, contrast. value, balance and texture, I particularly like to experiment with different materials like fine sand, burlap, sinamay fabric (woven in the Philippines), rice grains and paper to accomplish a richness in texture or to evoke depth. My repertoire of tools include, but not limited to brush, palette knife, toothbrush, sponge, opaque and thinning mediums, wet on wet and glazing. Different mediums allow me to express different ideas in a unique and personal way. Each and every single piece contains a fragment of myself, created in an effort to unearth myself or sometimes even heal myself.
I strive to make my paintings speak out their innermost depth, conveying the message of healing energy and hope.