“Zen philosophy lives in me,” says Rieko Karrer, “and influences my artwork.” The clear focus of Zen makes itself vividly apparent in her work, which is based in the arts of calligraphy and Japanese ink painting, but moves those styles forward into a texturally varied and subtly provocative realm. Working in ink, paint and other media, the artist employs her sharp eye for color and composition to create works that have a vibrant sense of space and movement while preserving a contemplative feeling.
Rieko Karrer says that she strives to communicate a “natural luminosity,” and because of that the color white is fundamental to her images. However, her ability to manipulate a range of greys and earth tones, while punctuating those tones with short, exactly placed bursts of reds and yellows, gives a dynamic flow to each painting, adding drama and depth to their peaceful tone. As a result, her paintings exude what she calls a “quiet energy,” one that places the viewer in a meditative state while also creating a constant sense of active visual interest.