Detail of "Tangents," digital painting (Marilyn Folson) and artist Robert Coulter.
I believe that art lives, not on the canvas or paper, but in a world of the mind, and I hope the completed painting will be an invitation to share in an adventure of shape and colour in that world.
—Robert Coulter, artist
Abstract artist Robert Coulter works at home by the lake in Gimli,
The retired teacher has worked in many mediums over the years, but has become most interested in digital painting.
His latest exhibit, Time Signatures, opens at cre8ery gallery on March 25. SCENE asked Coulter to tell us about the inspiration behind his work:
I don't start--or end--a painting with any intent to portray or express something. I begin with a shape on the surface and let it lead me.
If I'm "in the zone," the painting evolves and changes, almost creating itself. That doesn't mean it's chaotic or uncontrolled: all that I've learned about colour, composition and so on comes into play, working in counterpoint to the intuitive flow.
I compare it to the experience we've all had of driving on a highway, lost in thought or a daydream, and losing track of where we are and how far we've come. Yet the whole time, we've actually been alert to road and traffic, and all our learned driving skills have been operating exactly as they should.
I believe that art lives, not on the canvas or paper, but in a world of the mind, and I hope the completed painting will be an invitation to share in an adventure of shape and colour in that world. People often speak of art as "pleasing the eye," but I would qualify that a bit: it should please "the mind's eye," with all that that implies--perceiving, creating, thinking, and imagining the possible, all rolled together.
Robert Coulter's Time Signatures opens March 28 at 7 p.m. at cre8ery.