Exploring places where the psyche and the natural world meet
|Prescott College Affiliation||Alumni|
|Area of Expertise||Artist|
Rough and cool, sharp and round, veined with mauve and gold. Leaves and botanical fragments, coiling and merging with the limbs of pensive females.
On viewing the textures and colors weaving through Raina Gentry’s sensual artworks, it’s no surprise to learn that she carries a degree in Environmental Philosophy from Prescott College, where she also taught rock climbing from 1996 to 2000. One feels the years of close observation of the natural world – and of the places where the human mind and heart meet in nature.
Born and raised in Southern California, Raina moved to Arizona to attend Prescott College, staying on as an outdoor guide for several adventure companies in the state and to teach rock climbing courses.
Raina’s “organic” approach to art making incorporating printmaking, life drawing, collage, and painting, is “heavily influenced by her education at Prescott College.”
“Each canvas is a playground for the psyche,” she says, “evolving naturally and intuitively without structure or expectation about the final outcome, with the meaning of the works revealed often many years later.”
Complex layering of media and symbology with a focus on the human form taps into and expresses universal themes “that many people can identify with,” she said.
Raina uses digital media to recycle images from one artwork to another the way elements are recycled in an ecosystem, and the way we recycle aspects of our own psyches. Artistic influences evident in her work include Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Gaugin, and contemporaries Barbara Rogers, Deborah Donelson, Dae Rebeck, Joe Sorren, Kim Goldfarb, and Gwyneth Scally, to name a few.
Her artwork can be found in Arizona at the Jerome Artist Cooperative Gallery in Jerome, at Bohemia In the Lost Barrio in Tucson, the Page Springs Cellars Wine Tasting Room in Cornville, the Arizona Handmade Gallery in Flagstaff, and Arts Prescott artist’s cooperative on Whiskey Row in Prescott, Ariz.