Rachel Ensor Abstract Painter

After a career teaching art history I have returned to my original passion which is painting. Color is a language that I use to express ideas, thoughts, and goals. The American Quilt Series reflects on my depth of experience and knowledge regarding modern art, the African Diaspora and textile traditions handed-down to me from my grandmothers. This series reflects a strong parallel with African-American folk quilters especially their use of asymmetry and irregularity of form. Time spent with my grandmothers and their textile traditions, quilting-tatting-embroidery-pattern making provided a foundation for my work. Influences of early twentieth century modern painters, American abstract expressionists, African writing systems, textiles and the African Diaspora in the Americas all contribute to my work.