"Where the Ocean Meets the Sea 6" by Renee deCarlo, a vibrant abstract painting available at Voss Gallery in San Francisco for $1,600.

Where the Ocean Meets the Sea 6

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Where the Ocean Meets the Sea 6, 2024
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
37 x 25 x 3 in


"My work is what I consider to be a form of life drawing and begins in the recording of precise physical moments in time; the bumps in the road, the jostle of the bus, the turbulence in the airplane, and the chaotic patterns that people move around me. I’m a map-maker; documentarian and translator of my own physical experience through time and space; documenting mundane and possibly repetitious moments that often go unrecognized or considered unimportant, and yet are part of collective experience that are not at all unique to me; and are recognized in my work by a line of ink. These drawings are the foundation of lines, screen printed across many surfaces and in layers with many other line drawings to form a mass of lines and spaces.

With color, I find a pathway through - much like a map or a city or the waterways through the landscape - these layers of lines and colors become an abstract representation of the ecosystems within a city or place where many lives and essential needs converge. San Francisco is a centrifuge of cultures, peoples, and lifestyles. There is no set pattern that this city exists within - which is why it is constantly adapting to new ways of life and inventing places and ways for us to co-exist. How we live, spend money, exist with each other is a matrix of systems and foundations that keep things going forward. These systems - especially in San Francisco are often disparate and detached from one another - yet affecting one another. Artists are the mycelium through society, bridging generations, cultures and landscapes. We are the recorders of history, as well as the actuators of innovation and expression.

I use color in my work to bring cohesion and unity - crossing the rigid boundaries of those underlying systems of lines. Color and the spaces between the lines or junctures where spaces collide - is where growth and evolution happen. In my work, these intersected spaces create something new and the colors often explode - much like new ideas and enterprises here in SF can explode and become a movement. In our landscape we live within; celebrating a confluence of new ideas, innovations and lifestyles."Renée DeCarlo

This work is included in the "Urban Tides: A San Francisco Story" group exhibition at Voss Gallery (July 13 - August 17, 2024).


Renée DeCarlo (b. 1972) is an abstract painter and process based artist. Originally from the Northwest, Renée has lived all across the US, landing in San Francisco in 2003 where she married and raised her two boys. She holds an BFA (SDSU) & MFA (U of O) in Ceramic Sculpture, though has worked primarily in drawing and self-taught mark/printmaking since finishing her degree. Renée has exhibited her work in galleries, museums, corporate and healthcare environments, but works primarily with commission based, site specific work  and works in private residences and corporate headquarters. Renée currently works out of her storefront studio and gallery space, The Drawing Room, located currently in the Inner Richmond District of San Francisco. Simultaneous to her artistic practice, she is also the founder of the Drawing Room’s ANNEX space where her focus is to bring dormant space back to life through thoughtfully curated exhibitions of local artists.  These all-inclusive shows aim to demonstrate the Bay Area Arts movement - centered around climate and social justice related topics. These spaces are temporary and work in partnership with building owners actively looking for long term tenants. Currently, Renée is working to develop an exhibition and larger, long-term, urban artist residency program. Her role as founder and director of this project has given her art practice new layers of information and experience to work from.


Artwork is ready to hang on the wall; hanging wire is secured on the back (nail and hook needed). Dust raw canvas with a clean, soft brush and HEPA-filtered vacuum to clean. Using a new, clean brush prevents transfer of grime from previous dustings.


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