Rain Jordan

Rain Jordan

Warrenton, OR, United States

About Rain Jordan

Rain Jordan holds a BA and an MFA from the California State University. She is the originator geometric abstract impressionism.

Rain's paintings present innovative abstract impressions of nature. These nature-centric paintings often include hints of homelike or other human-made structures as part of the scenes.

Rain's works have been shown in Perth, Australia, in Laguna Beach at LagunaArts, at SC41 in Santa Cruz County, in Seaside, Oregon, and are in various private collections throughout the world, including New York, California, Florida, and Australia. Several of her paintings have also been featured in curated collections at SaatchiArt.com Visit Rain at https://www.facebook.com/ArtistRainJordan/

Rain is also an author, essayist, poet, and positive reinforcement dog trainer & canine behavior specialist


What is Geometric Abstract Impressionism?
Geometric Abstract Impressionism is a form that evolved as I was working to present my impressions of nature, and of human life as part of nature. In painting, I use squared shapes as soft, representational vehicles that present impressions of the world rather than expressions of myself. In my work the square presents first and foremost something outside myself rather than something from inside myself.

How do you begin a painting?
Generally I allow the composition and forms to come naturally, if not spontaneously, from a loose idea, intention, or memory.

But you said you paint impressions of the world, not self-expressions?
Yes, but unlike a plein air artist, I often rely on memory as my inspirations, especially for the compositions. The memory may be from earlier that day or from something I saw on a trip recently or long ago, or from a photo taken during such a trip. In this way, the subconscious helps recreate the scene in the painting in a natural or spontaneous way. Of course there is always a degree of expression in any artwork since there is always an artist creating the work (and remember, I paint abstract impressions, not realistic impressions, so there is always an individual design element), but in my work I focus on what is outside myself rather than inside myself.

I do, however, sometimes paint abstract expressionist works as well.

Why don't you just paint things as they actually look?
But perhaps the main reason I paint the way I do comes from a piece of wisdom from the poet Emily Dickinson, who famously writes to “tell it slant,” and that “the truth must dazzle gradually." To depict something in a creative way, a way that allows viewers (as well as the artist!) to come to their own interpretation slowly, invites the viewer to enjoy the work on their own terms and own way, to add where they wish, to imagine what they desires, to inject themselves (or not) into the scene in any way they likes. My work provides the viewer with gentle suggestions, but trusts and respects the viewer to receive and perceive the images in ways best for the viewer without being told exactly how to perceive them.