Peter Makela

I'm interested in creating worlds born of internal and external experiences. My imagery comes from my travels in the desert of the Southwest, extensive time spent in Europe, and journeys in Nepal and India. In the studio I work in a spontaneous and exploratory manner, allowing the imagery to emerge through free association, memory, meditation and ritual. By employing color, shape and shifting figure-ground relationships my paintings create worlds in flux which are swallowing, dancing and alive. I work with forms and images that are both specific and open, inviting the viewer to enter my explicit experience while also navigating their own associations and memories.