February 11, 2016

Reynoso Art: Collaborating with Providence

Rondall Reynoso
Collaborating with Providence XIV, acrylic & oil pastel on paper, 14” x 11”, 2004
Collaborating with Providence XIV, acrylic & oil pastel on paper, 14” x 11”, 2004

Sometimes it takes a while for ideas to come together in the studio. Sometimes those ideas are intentional and sometimes they seem driven by providence. I can be a bit of a neatnik in the studio. One of my primary painting processes is actually a process of layering charcoal or pastel drawings with acrylic mediums. This often leaves excess paint on my brush that has picked up the pigment of the pastel. When I first started using this paining process I simply wiped my excess on the wall. This, of course, quickly makes a mess. So, I started putting sheets of paper on the wall to wipe the paint on. As I did this, I found there was something compelling about these pieces of paper. However, I didn’t know what to do with the paper so I held on to it for several years.

It was four years before I began to get an idea of how to use these pieces of paper. Eventually, I started pulling out these pieces and doing what I called interventions. I would take a pen or in the case of the piece here oil pastel and respond to the globs and drips of paint. When I began doing this there was a lot of discussion at my church about the tension between free will and determinism. This series, which I still continue to this day, was my response to that tension.

Rondall Reynoso


Rondall is an artist, scholar, and speaker. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and is completing a Ph.D. in Art History and Aesthetics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

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