I started drawing and painting at a very early age, and I am a self-taught artist. My strongest artistic influence has come from the late Joan Mitchell. When I first saw her work over 25 years ago, I was literally staggered by the power and emotion in her paintings. I remember standing there in front of a huge canvas, feeling that her imagery could transport a person to a place of such deep involvement that they would be completely swept away by the sheer emotion of it. It’s difficult to put accurately in words, but I felt that in her work I was being allowed to see the truest expression of her heart and soul. That visual experience has tremendously affected my approach to making art. In each artwork that Icreate, whether it is a painting, mixed media, or sculpture, I am putting it all out there, opening my heart. I am determined to let my intuition lead, willing to cede all control, to just let what is inside me flow out.
My style is always in a process of incremental evolution. I’m a very tactile, visual learner, and I enjoy the experience of seeing and doing. I observe other artists, studying how they have reached successful resolutions. Over the years, I haveexplored Willem DeKooning’s color palette, Robert Motherwell’s spatial sense, and Cy Twombly’s use of calligraphic line and marking. These observations continue to help make me a better painter.
Walter Redondo in Studio
My paintings are fueled by the expression of things that come to me through life’s unseen experiences. Every placement of color, or covering of another color, affects and shapes the painting. I love the process of squeezing paint from the tubes, mixing them together and watching the colors evolve and complement each other. The mixing of color while the oil is still wet on the canvas, the unfolding of the imagery, represents a singular journey for me. What is in the process, what has gone into the mixing, is the very essence of how life and choices create the person.
My paintings speak not only with color, but with the passion and substance of living with purpose.
I also create mixed media works containing certain elements that give them the overall feeling of a drawing. Primarily, I am engaged in marking the surface, be it paper or canvas. I enjoy the simplicity of the look, but there is much time involved in creating each one. The energy and focus requires 100% involvement. Size doesn’t matter, because a smaller canvas or a piece on paper can at times be somuch more challenging. Paper works can be very difficult to resolve because I have to imply space rather than actually having it to work with. Each mixed media work is a commitment to both myself and the viewer. I strive to paint freely from within myself, trusting in the proper resolution and a positive outcome.