My aim in creating artwork is exploring moods and emotions. I enjoy painting portraits and figures because the subject itself allows for expressing emotions.
I have recently started working on sea and skyscapes and have found that the mood and emotions that the viewer experiences through this subject matter can be equally compelling for an artist to explore.
I work primarily in oils because of the richness of the pigment and use a limited palette of subdued colors with contrasting highlights. I find this approach allows me to concentrate on how the painting communicates the mood I'm aiming to express.
Rose Mary Gates
ARTISTS' COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY