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Exploring the Shadows with RC Raynor

InterviewsErika BelavyComment

We have the pleasure of introducing you to RC Raynor, a self-taught American artist. Personal experiences meet metaphorical imagery and symbols, while anger, joy, terror, and bliss are themes that flow through RC’s paintings.

"Forgotten Child" by RC Raynor

"Forgotten Child" by RC Raynor

With a style reminiscent of Basquiat, there is a child-like angst juxtaposed with divine truths in the bold colours of RC's work. He is not a believer in forcing any intellectual or design consistency. Instead RC believes the most transformative art is made from beyond the intellect.

When did you know you were an artist?

When I was about 4 I started obsessively drawing, then later I started playing guitar. Creating was an outlet for the chaos I was in.

Tell us more about your work. What inspires you?

I'm interested in what Jung called the 'shadow'. I'm inspired by simplicity, rawness, and honest expression. I enjoy art that makes me feel something not just visually but hits me deeper.

What is your artistic process?

It starts with a thought, feeling, or a memory, something just below the surface, I start bringing it out and let it take shape, I try to stay out of the way and let it happen.

What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this?

I want to continue creating from an honest place. 

I made a decision in the past that I didn't become a painter to just paint pretty pictures or create another 'abstract painting'. I decided I was painting for me, as a way to express things that are somewhere between poetry and experience. It's something I feel I need to do.
When my work connects with someone I feel I've communicated what I wanted to.

I rarely reflect back on my work, once a piece is done it goes out into the world and has a life of its own.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Mind-Reader! :)

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