My work is inspired by exploratory imagery and inventions of color within relationships, connections, juxtapositions and dynamic arrangements. My art’s search for life force, energy, and meaning is to engage color and shape as value and depth. Metaphorical form, complementary and analogous colors, symbols and glyphs suggest a vital undercurrent.

The forms in my paintings, prints, and drawings are inspired by growth--the poplar tree, hydrangea blossom, oyster shell, the grid, and implied text. Color, mark, rhythm, repetition, pattern and diversion reveal my visual reach and extension.

Joan Stuart Ross