The Path 1,
prismacolor pencils on paper
22 x 30 inchesAbout the piece
One of the most amazing things about nature is how personal it is – how much it can fire up the individual imagination, how it can function as a metaphor for growth and change. “The Path Series” of drawings, depicts, at the most basic level, sea grasses. Yet, they’re also highly abstracted, brightly colored environments. I think of the narrow, tapered shapes as forming a site of contemplation for the inner self, a kind of locus of discovery.
The drawings are made by hand on large sheets of Stonehenge paper, via a method that's very labor intensive: each takes about 3 months to complete, the result of building up multiple layers of colors, and using up dozens of Prismacolor pencils, to achieve intensity and rich tonality. Bold colors are used for their power to evoke sensations, and elicit an emotional response from the viewer.
About the artist
Bill Santelli’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hi; Annmarie Sculpture Gardens/Arts Center, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Museum, Dowell, MD; ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI; Museum of Fine Arts, FSU, Tallahassee, FL; Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ; Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; and Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.