In the Early Morning Rain Painting by Staci Cross

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In the Early Morning Rain

Staci Cross

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Size: 50 W x 65 H x 0.2 D in

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My newer works tend toward a more chaotic drip motion rather than my history of line discovery leading to something definitive. I'm always thinking about what is going on in our universe while I work, so as the world has become more chaotic i.e. terrorism, political uncertainty, mass shootings, etc., my work reflects this sort of wild and unpredictable emotion not seen in my earlier works. As always, the names of my pieces pay homage to the classic rock music I grew up on (either a song title or a specific lyric). While its difficult to narrow it down, some of my favorite bands include The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, CCR, Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, Prince, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, The Cure, Heart, and Willie Nelson. When I paint, I listen to all my favorite songs and think about life and perhaps the song's meaning, so I feel it would be disingenuous for me to NOT include their lyrics in my titles since these bands have been and will always be such a great influence. This piece, in particular, resides on unstretched canvas as it was created on the floor, Helen Frankenthaler -style, and continues to mesmerize me with the way the paint organically flowed around creating little pools of emotion and light. Aptly named In the Early Morning Rain after a lyric written by Ray LaMontagne, one of my favorite singer/songwriters of today, on a song titled Jolene in which he sings "Cocaine flame in my bloodstream sold my coat when I hit Spokane bought myself a hard pack of cigarettes In the early morning rain..." While I never want to influence a collector's perception of a painting~ we all see something different, intentional or not, as it should be~ I couldn't help but think about the feeling that's conjured up with the words "In the early morning rain." We all feel something, good or bad, when we think of this moment and its so powerful to me. Are you lonely and sad in the early morning rain? Or are you merrily dancing around with your lover in the early morning rain? Or, perhaps, might you be running to your car, late for work in the early morning rain? The range of possibilities for each viewer's imagination is grand, and for that reason, this title means so much to me.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:50 W x 65 H x 0.2 D in

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Los Angeles based abstract and mixed media artist, Staci Cross, uses color, formation, and line discovery to express thoughtful, emotional imagery to the canvas. Staci believes the art is already in the room and that she is simply the vessel between what exists and what is seen. Committing to the work begets a blessing from the muses and therefore daily practice and time are essential to the process. Inspired by the abstract expressionist movement, pop art, cubism, and graffiti artists of the 70's and 80's, Staci's ever evolving connection to painting roots itself through music, Motherhood, photography, political commentary, pop culture, human energy and emotion, social awareness and the beauty of nature. Lately, Staci has been embarking on a new endeavor--working on the floor with unstretched canvas which provides an intimate fluidity with the paint while allowing an unencumbered physicality to the process. Freedom arises. Change can be scary, but often times, a real gem stems from it. Picasso, Rothko, de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Miro, Franz Kline, Warhol, Cy Twombly, Howard Hodgkin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Ed Ruscha are among her favorite artists. Staci graduated from the prestigious USC School of Cinema-Television and studied abstract painting at The Brentwood Art Center in Santa Monica, California. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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