In 2010 I returned to painting full time after a fourteen year commitment to ecoart and environmental art projects. My intention from 1996 to 2010 was to merge my activism and my art in response to critical local landscape issues i.e. wetlands degradation and habitat loss, primarily through rehabilitation, community engagement and narrative strategies in the NJ Meadowlands.
The new studio work continues themes of earlier paintings: structure(s) in landscape, looking out from inside through windows and doors, the northeast coastal wetlands, rural artifacts are among some that I repeatedly - and frequently in series - return to. But the primary connections are the associations brought to me by space and light.
I work from direct observation of spatial situations that attract me formally and subconsciously. The poetry of place is of my own personal mythology, a longing for lost homes; a remembrance of water; of daydreaming through windows, of silence.
I look for a subject, occasionally making a pilgrimage, and often it’s just there, in front of me. Times of day, seasons, moods of weather: all are shifting, as does scale and texture; of supports and material; of past, present and future directions; of an unexpected dialog between works.
Current and upcoming group and solo exhibitions:
Blue Mountain Gallery
Views From Blue Mountain / Gallery Artists
Jan 2 -25, 2020
Opening Reception: Sat. Jan 4, 3-6PM
530 West 25th St, 4th floor New York, NY
RK Mills: The Studio Paintings
Plus Members' Group Show
Friday, July 10 - Monday, August 3, 2020
Reception - Saturday, July 11, 3 - 6 pm
ongoing, rotating group exhibit
785 Main Street
Margaretville, N.Y. 12455
11 - 4 Fri., Sun., Holiday Mondays
10 - 5 Saturdays
For more images and videos of ecoart works: