Banana Fantasy (2010)
My calling as an artist swirls my mind in fantasies; and I try to capture them on canvas. Here is my “Banana Saba Fantasy”’. This saba tree dreams of living by the sea with other greenaries. Broad leaves in different tones of green blended harmoniously to indicate its energy and its healthy living. Swaying with the rhythm of the wind, basking in the heat of the sun. Its fruits are almost ripe, and the heart of the banana in full maturity is ready to be picked . The weight of its fruits and the wind has caused it to bend a little. This diagonal force causes your eyes to travel from the tree to the boat ready for loading. The forceful waves of the ocean brings you back to the tree, like a rhythmic cycle, full of movement. To give impact on the significance of the seashore, I used fine sand adding a rich texture to its presentation. The waves playfully come rushing to the shore to make contact and communication to the main resident, the saba tree. “I take delight in your company”, they say to each other. And they lived happily ever after. I like happy endings, don’t you?
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.