Ruby Chard Two
Ruby Chard Two is an important work, a critical turning-point piece which is the second to be completed in phase two of Montana’s body of work Exquisite Paintings on the Nature of Flowers. This painting marks the beginning of a new phase of Montana's work dating from early 2018. Inspired by the colorful and contrasting colors of the vegetable garden, a vibrant patch of ruby chard was the inspiration for this somewhat more abstract work with psychedelic overtones.
“I imagine this is how the plants see themselves,” says Montana grinning widely. “The restrictions we have upon sight are based upon what we think, not what we would experience if we removed the filters. Now we know that everything is energy. It's all actually undulating fields of light and color. The quantum field is alive and moving and it’s visible to the receptive eye."
The energy of this work of art is about liberation from the stagnant mindsets we've adopted via culture. Ruby Chard II moves us toward a joyful kind of freedom that's playful, untamed and un-namable. Just glancing at the red, green and yellow vegetable in the garden I felt a sense of exuberance and knew I'd have to paint it again, and very likely, again. If you look carefully you'll find that nature spirits can always be found among her long puckered fronds. You may also be able to sense their presence in this painting as energy. Let me know what you experience when you tune into this painting.