The placard next to a Rocky Fields painting always says "Rocky Fields," but that's not exactly the entire truth.
In 2007, the Houston-based artist began an insane stint of 30 months in and out of the hospital and physical rehabilitation sites from complications related to a back operation. After 20 more surgeries, three near-death experiences and significant vision loss in both of his eyes, Fields, with the aid of invisible forces, started painting full-time for the first time in his life
"My technique has arrived at such a standard that something is being sent to me spiritually," says Fields, who is convinced that he's receiving help from the other side.
Fields, a business-degree holder who ran his own construction business for years, explains that he used to work in watercolors and works on canvas. Later in his career, he moved towards works on plexiglass that features washes of paint that he has blended himself.
The results are Fields's "plex-pieces" that contain up to four layers of paint on the back of the medium, which makes the art work a reverse painting. He recently completed a series, including a diptych piece entitled Come to Me, that he calls "a new style for me...it's a lot more geometric/defined abstract."
Fields says that when his plex-pieces hang in a gallery space -- such as various venues at the Galveston Art Walk, where he was a featured artist the past two years -- art goers are drawn to their energy as much as the execution of the paint application. "I feel that my abilities are a lot more than just me and that people recognize that," he says.
In 2012, Fields is working on scoring gallery representation in Switzerland, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Colorado. In the meantime, he'll have some work on display the first weekend of January at A'ffaire d'art, a brand-new space in Galveston (located at 2227 Post Office Street, Suite B) that's opening its doors to the public for the first time next week.
His paintings can also be seen at Watson and Huff Gallery, 40 North Main Street in Kingwood, throughout the month of January.
For more information, check out Fields's website.
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