Green Triangles by Shaun Walsh & Rachel Sebelist

Shaun Walsh & Rachel Sebelist

Shaun Walsh and Rachel Sebelist are contemporary abstract artists from Pennsylvania. They both received their BFA’s from West Chester University, where they met in 2015 and have been creating together since. Drawing inspiration from their surroundings and their own imaginations, they work from intuition and use the process of creating itself to direct what happens next as they work. Their process often includes creating compositions with collage, shape, and line. Then they build up layers through mark-making with different painting tools, pattern making, and experimenting with color. They are passionate about both nature and architecture- lovers of strong contrast between the organic and geometric. You can often find them drawing outside and in coffee shops- collecting visual imagery to use in their works. They enjoy reading art books, and researching modern and contemporary art together. They are inspired by many modern and contemporary artists, but to name a few: Stuart Davis, Wassily Kandinsky, and Francis Bacon. When they aren’t painting, they enjoy spending time in nature, hiking, cooking, baking, bowling, working out and listening to music.

“Green Triangles”

Through communication, and trust in each other’s sense of intuition, we worked together to create “Green Triangles”. Working from intuition, our paintings are often very layered, as we add and delete pieces until the composition and all of the elements fit together. “Green Triangles” went through many iterations before becoming what it currently is. We began with two completely different color palettes and even cycled through a few different compositions before finding the final one. This particular painting was difficult to figure out in the beginning. However, once we found a basis of solid, stacked shapes and lines to use for the composition, the rest of our process fell into place. After that, we continued to add more abstract shapes on top of the others, and began honing in on a color palette, painting over colors that didn’t belong. Once we were satisfied with the direction of the composition and color, we continued to break the composition apart into smaller sections in some areas, and added patterns within some of the shapes. Then, we built-up different textures and mark-making to create contrast and interest within the painting. Searching for a sense of balance, we worked on layering all of these seemingly different elements together. The cycle of adding shapes, patterns, textures, and lines to keep this balance and harmony within the painting continued until “Green Triangles” felt complete.

“Green Triangles”

acrylic on canvas