Thomas Paul Raggio
My work is an exploration of linear geometric relationships that create a transcendental presence. I contemplate every color, drawing, mark, and placement of line to formulate what I like to call rhythmic velocities. This term describes the relationship of color and motion that creates a heartbeat, gives life to the composition, and opens up a dialogue. The minimalism of the lines in relation to the canvas or pictorial space forms a new realm, which dislocates viewers and challenges them to think beyond the spatial plane. The foundation of my work centers on the stories created during my years of travel, as well as the friends, family, and strangers I have known. These interactions have deeply affected my approach toward painting, generating dialogues that create the relationships of the lines and color in my work.