My new body of work looks ahead and also harkens back.

Explorations and inventions of color relationships and juxtapositions are intrinsic to my work. Engaging color as value, leading it dynamically to depth, is the crux of my work’s search for life force and meaning.

The vigorous forms in my paintings are inspired by a long-time interest in the lyrical energy of the poplar trees by the Ship Canal and by my current consideration of the luminous form of the oyster shell. In them, the pictorial form leads to the spiritual, evolving into icons of beauty, persona, and anima.

Joan Stuart Ross