I began painting when I moved from Los Angeles to the isolated coastal village of Trinidad in northern California, a place that encouraged me to turn inward and begin a deeper dialogue with myself that is still so integral a part of my life and my paintings.
My artwork is a spontaneous conversation between me and what I put on canvas, similar to musical improvisation. Once the first stroke is down, I become committed to the process and it takes on a drama of its own. As with life, I work with what presents itself, allowing for both light and dark, mystery and grace.
My intention is to capture the rhythms and essences that pulsate inside things. Similar to Jackson Pollock’s philosophy, I’m not painting nature so much as I am nature, painting.
My primary influences are the natural world and the inner world. On one hand: mottled light in the forest, the interiors of rocks, the color of rust on an old shovel, cracks in the sidewalk. On the other hand: emotional states, the melancholy of a rainy day, the awareness of the vastness of the universe. The amazement that our world and its infinite beauty, complexity and intelligence exists at all.
R. Sierra’s paintings are in corporate, public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.
John F. Kennedy University
Bachelor of Arts, 1984