A visual narrative for my process is forthcoming.
So, what is this?
I paint on a wooden board, then pour epoxy art resin over the painting. After the resin cures, I continue to paint. I then pour another layer of resin, cure it, and paint more. I repeat the cycle several times.
Look closely at the paintings. You can see the built-up layers of paint and clear resin resembling fused glass. That's what makes my artwork different. The painting has a luminous depth with the paint/resin layering technique that allows you to look into the piece, not just at the surface.
Some paintings lean more toward mixed media with the additions of wax pencil, paper, and metal sandpaper grit. And yes, I use a ruler and tape when blending color with brushes. I also scrape through dried paint revealing layers below the surface.
My work is considered "color field" or "hard edge color field”. I juxtapose bold, opaque colors with more sensitive transparent layers. I work to create a visually powerful emotion for the viewer, hopefully a "I have to take that home!" kind of reaction.
Who is the artist?
I'm Rick Loudermilk, and I graduated in fine art at the University of Louisiana in 1982. I have worked as a full-time painter, printmaker and mixed media artist in Austin for 36 years.
Each year I participate in a dozen or more of the best juried art fairs in the country. Upcoming show are listed in the schedule part of the website.