Elmi Leodan Ventura Mata

On average, a painting emerges through ten iterations of the initial template image drawn on gessoed canvas. Essential to the process is layering heavy dark strokes that provide the skeletal structure containing glimpses of color. The layering process incrementally reveals light, as a sharp blade carves through the paint to unearth the white gesso. Although arduous, I find this painting technique both satisfying and redemptive.