R. Freeland, Kabuki Flight 20 x 20 Inches, Acrylic on Panel, 2016

R. Freeland, Kabuki Flight 20 x 20 Inches, Acrylic on Panel, 2016

My work is an exploration of the medium of paint, often incorporating icon and symbols representing analogous personal stories.

In short, I tell stories.

My work is based in real experiences often told with analogies or parables. My influences, coupled with paint, culminates in paintings that are illustrative. The latest work "Random Thoughts on Survival" recently exhibited at the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Exhibit Center is about how our perspectives can change when major events occur.

“Random Thoughts on Survival” explores the holocaustic experience of surviving cancer utilizing the metaphor of Kabuki Theater. Expressions and drama are played out with precision of life and death presented to those who attend the Kabuki performance. In the “Kabuki Flight” painting a strange character is shown hovering over the audience as a performer. The audience metaphorically represents individuals who each hold a seat in the theater of life. The painting and entire exhibit is about changing perspectives in life and experiencing the show from different perspectives.  Gesso pasted medical documents with over painting, has allowed me to seal memories into the sub-straits.

Walk 13   Size: 12.78 x 22.79 x 0.635 Centimeters  Gouache and India Ink on panel

Walk 13

Size: 12.78 x 22.79 x 0.635 Centimeters

Gouache and India Ink on panel

A new series of twenty four paintings titled "Walk" is also currently on exhibit in the Paris METRO Art Gallery II, a virtual online gallery experienced in real time visited by international online users. “Walk” is about taking steps forward and is sequenced for the viewer to walk from one painting to the next in almost a filmic intake of storyboards, yet it is like a dairy of pages from my own path. The scope and sequence of this art is personal but offers entry and identification with commonalities. The iconic characters dancing and climbing through fire along with abstraction of color and texture provide an open ended story. My work is intended to speak with color and iconic metaphors that embrace those who enter.