Planting Rice (2017)
Happy farmers in their bright clothes and straw hats or conical hat (called “salakot”, made of rattan or reed) work together amid a green and sunlit landscape of plenty.
Preparing the field for planting typically involves plowing to till or dig-up, mix, and overturn the soil; next is harrowing to break the soil clods into smaller mass; then leveling the field to form paddies. Many paddies are flooded by rivers and rainfall during monsoon season, while others must be irrigated to hold an average of 4–6 inches of impermeable subsoil and are bordered by earthen bunds (we call “pilapil) to divide the field into several parcels. Rice stalks are bundled together and positioned randomly on the paddies. Rice is planted a foot apart and by harvest time it will be a field of golden yellow rice field full of love and promise.
I experienced great joy and a sense of connection to my native country, because of its simplicity but beyond that is the underlying significance of our culture. For my viewers, simply appreciate a work of art that does not need science but to humanize us, and assess its value and importance.
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.