Spoleto is about to begin and amidst this and other busy times in Charleston, we seek ways to bring a sense of tranquility to our lives. A Nest candle, white hydrangeas, and soft piano music might do the trick, but art also contributes to our moods. For this reason, we love rare gems like Mark Bettis’ “Peaceful State.” In contrast to his upbeat and joyful works like last week’s “Burst of Spring,” this work is designed to bring viewers peace of mind. Transcending the quiet, “Peaceful State” lifts the spirit, sending viewers into a state of pure visual bliss.
While highly abstract, this mixed-media work is designed to be very approachable. The symmetry involved, from the colors to the shape of the canvas- a perfect 36” square, achieves harmony and balance. There is no object to focus the gaze on, which lends an air of mystery to the work; yet it is like wondering about the galaxy— baffling, yet strangely soothing. As the misty strokes of color pool together in “Peaceful State,” I’m left with the lasting impression of serenity. Are you?
For more works by Mark Bettis, visit http://www.ellarichardson.com/paintings.php?artID=117
Don’t forget to check back next Tuesday for another close look at a work premiering in the show!