Rachael O'Shaughnessy

A painting or drawing can be as multifaceted and nuanced as the experience of memory. Cognition becomes interspersed with emotion in this melding, which is held in layers of pigment and gesture over time.
In this sense, my works reflect nature's palpable qualities. Sea and sky are simplified to their essence and immersed in color or ink until each work builds its own feel. Emotion intermingles with brushstroke and sensation until the echo of a place remains on my surface. Though my paintings and drawings are based on specific locations, my aim is to elude the literal to render nature as felt, walked through, breathed in, and condensed.
Memories meld with material after becoming fully present in a place, and my romanticism is forced to reconcile with the zen mind when back in my studio. Once there, all past perceptions once culled on site must become a single tactile present within each painting.an object that convinces me that it is something more.