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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.

 

STRATALUX PAINTINGS ( Layers of Light )

 

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."

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