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Submerge (2017)

Beneath the waves, surrounded by the ocean.

Oil paint, resin

49.5" x 38"​​

Ruben created this piece to express the feeling of being beneath the waves, surrounded by the ocean.  Floating peacefully in fetal-position, bathing in the light as it glows in the shallows of the water, she will eventually emerge from the waters, reborn.




These paintings were inspired by the technique Ruben developed to paint his carvings.  "I start with a textured surface that I paint with oil paints, once the paint has dried I flood the surface with a layer of artist quality resin. After the resin cures, I sand the surface and add the next layer of paint and again flood the surface with resin. I repeat this process as many times as necessary adding layers of resin as needed. the final result gives the painting depth and a more dimensional feel and then a final layer of resin gives the artwork a glassy finish.  This process is something that I developed in my art studio and am planning on creating many new paintings exploring the possibilities of this new technique."