My approach to painting is fairly traditional, but not purely representational. I combine very realistic elements with an abstracted, softened view of reality. While sometimes dramatic, I generally strive for a peaceful, calming beauty in my work. I’m drawn to the chiaroscuro look of the old masters, but I use objects and combinations of objects with a more modern sensibility. I am attracted to natural subject matter, and I enjoy combining it with stoneware or metal pieces.
Many of my still lifes include fruits or flowers, although I ‘m also drawn to fragile things, such as feathers, shells, and bird’s eggs. Most of my work is painted from life in the studio over a period of weeks; however, I also paint en plein air landscapes and alla prima still lifes. My love is creating quiet, poetic paintings with deep, rich colors, compelling subject matter, and concise, elegant compositions.
– Rita Spalding, 2013