“Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.”  ~ Paul Klee


Writhe, oil on canvas, 4 ft. x 6ft. © Rachel Brask

Color has always been a part of me, and has possessed me, and no matter what I do or where I go, I see and contemplate color. The various human responses to color fascinate me, and I enjoy exploring the many facets of color and its many expressive qualities. I am especially interested in how the human mind responds psychologically and emotionally to color, and the contexts through which color is perceived. Through each painting I would like the viewer to personally experience some kind of emotional reaction. Not all paintings are intended to be intrinsically beautiful, just as some emotions are not.

Through oil paints on canvas, I strive abstractly to represent the layers of consciousness that are part of our human existence, some which only appear far below the common surface. Each person has a series of layers with which they always live, showing one layer to the world and then experiencing another undiscovered layer much further down; often these layers are reflective of a person’s childhood, memories, decisions, emotions, hurts, healings, thoughts and insight.