As a child, I can remember that magical time, just before dark, when the fireflies would start their  illuminated dance. They would light up the dusk for a brief moment with a glow which transformed the night into a different world. I tried to capture the “essence” of my experience on the canvas. The art was created with oil pastels, oil paint, and graphite pencils using various brushes and sandpaper to abrade the surface. The painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Charles Kacin

The Essence of Fireflies

Acrylic paint, oil pastel, graphite on stretched canvas

Signed on back

36" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.



Charles Kacin
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Getting to Know Charles

Abstract mixed-media artist Charles Kacin draws inspiration from the natural weathering and erosion of surfaces. He layers acrylic paint, oil pastels, charcoal and graphite before applying sandpaper, pencils, screwdrivers, scrapers and even electric sanders to distress the surfaces of his work. This process of creation and destruction is a personal journey that Charles explores with each new piece. The interaction of materials and resulting surface texture is a core component of Charles’s work. While he controls the physical aspect of the paintings, he leaves emotional interpretations to the viewer. He says, “My work invites the viewer to make their own reality from the shapes, forms, and colors I present on the canvas.”