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(#3 in my "MICROBIA" series of paintings)
24" x 24" (61 cm x 61 cm) Acrylic on Canvas, Completed Oct. 2008

This is third in a series which includes MICROBIA #1 (BLUE) [link] ... and MICROBIA #2, (RED) [link]

This painting is an example of my fascination with tiny primitive sea forms. (Real and imaginary)

With each painting I get a little closer to feeling satisfied with my work. After many experiments, and many derivatively influenced works, (influenced by the artists I admire) I have come to two (2) distinct styles that most dominate my paintings.

This painting is the type "A" painting I "escape" into. Thus, I suppose it is "escapist art", at least for me it is. I find the subjects challenging mostly in technical ways. The color, the placement of forms, the illusion of depth and transparency. These challenges keep my mind engaged during the process. There are a few references to things "unrelaxing", such as the machine fetuses in the spheres, and the food chain scenarios. However, the subject matter of the piece is purposely not provocative.

My other painting style, (I'll call it type "B") acts as a catharsis for my feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, etc. Usually these paintings concern the state of the world, and more particularly the state of my world. The cruelty, ignorance, foolishness and evil that obsesses and plagues me. Also, my dread of death and growing anxiety over life's briefness.

When I'm not escaping into my personal dream world, I'm thinking of the huge evil that shrouds our existence. War, crime, hunger, hate, violence and death. These things should not be ignored, but more than not, they are. Who's responsibility is it, if not an artists, to portray these in the unique venue available to him?

At this point in the evolution of my painting, I wonder what road I will take. Will my escapist fascinations take over? If so, will I always feel that I have betrayed my true perceptiveness, to feel safe with my "pretty pictures"? Or will my more substantive style take over, allowing me to express important feelings and ideas, yet salving me not?

Must I have only one focus for my work? I will try to allow my work to find it's own level.

RS ~ 10/17/2008
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isdellfoxfinearts Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Very impressive... love your style
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured in today's poll!!!
TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Squiddle-dee-dee, squiddle dee-da!
Everyone sing a squiddly song.
Let's all be friends
And work as a team
Squiddles for you
Squiddles for me
IntracranialColors Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Woah. This is a stunning piece.
Well done!
cabronArt Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Criaturas oniricas o de otros planos. Great!
PaulBaack Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely breathtaking.
VicEberly Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Featured: [link] :sun:
ep7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the detail and emotional expressions! wonderful style. i know a bunch of superlatives as well, but i think i have made my point. cheers!
Velodona Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my, this is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the explanation too. It's such a rush getting inside the art.
mac2010 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Unbelievably Stunning!! Nice one!! :)
TheDaveL Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Fangoddamntastic! I applaud you.
beaudeeley Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd spot a Connett piece from 100 yards. Awesome as always!
MonaParvin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Your beautiful work is featured in our group's weekly feature [link] :iconsoulcollectors: :hug:
MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is incredible! The detail is amazing and your colours are so vivid! Beautiful work!
halmtier Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is bloody amazing! The detail, the colors, and the psychedelic feel is just superb. You have created some great areas of contrast, and everything really comes to life. +fav!
autumncyn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
i am going to faint !!!! awwwwwwwwww just to look at your work !!
fractalfiend Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Such a wonderful piece :D
DorianoArt Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Immy-is-Thinking Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello :wave: this is featured here [link] :iconcircleplz:
Fractalvision Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The little creatures in the bubbles are mind blowing.
PIMPSLAPTHATHOE Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loving the detail and colours!
OrchidSkye Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Deep sea dive party! I adore the intertwined tentacles. The attention to detail color choices and textures are all marvelous!
amyandromain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this thing is just mad, it must have taken forever to do it...amazing...
Voodoomamma Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
This is fabulous!!!:iconbrilliantplz:
spikedelik Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
TheGreatToaster Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
I love the texture. You are a brilliant painter.
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fantabulous55 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is superb. The details and textures are so intricate! I love the intertwining tentacles at the bottom that feel like they are holding or supporting the whole image. Amazing
PhoenixMCH Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Whoa, amazing & cute! :wow:
daxusflashlight Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
THIS IS TERIFICCCC MARVELOUS!!!!!!! what medium is acrylic? oil?
jillumination Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
oh wow!!! this has been the background on my phone (found it on a background app) and then i randomly came across your page!! so...AWESOME WORK i love it:)
Tarnished-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
I'm speechless...

Thanks for the fave!
Tarnished-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
I'm speechless..

Thanks for the fave.
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DarkSamuraiG94 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Very awesome! 8-)
blithm Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
R.S. Connett's art is my favorite. I love everything about his work. It is beautiful, alive, so interesting and colorful. I love the invention of forms the segmentation and I also like reading the operation of his mind when he explains how he got the ideas for his paintings. I like his style! Keep it up!
Petirrojoazul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Somebody told me one time since I love animals and I feel impotent about cruelty. If you defend a cause in the wrong way you will make the opponent stronger.

You shouldn't ignore those problems but be careful how to approach them, otherwise you will end it up encouraging them. You are such a famous artist and you wouldn't like people to misunderstand the purpose of your piece of art. You don't want to promote more violence so isn't more inspiring to see good, peace, happiness and beauty. I'm pretty sure we are all aware of the evil but let's promote and give strength to the wonderful and amazing things that people miss out in this world.

The best things in life are free but many people don't realize. Beauty and nature are something incredible and are part of us. This piece is out of our imagination but simply inspiring. I love when somebody make me appreciate nature, even better if is original. Paintings like this one make me think and remember that even though this world is not perfect just yet, there are truthly many things to appreciate and to preserve.

I personally like more your first inclination type A. The escapist, is a way to give hope to people and other artist that are not even close to be as good as you! Like me.

Sorry about my english! I'm not a native speaker.
n82010 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incredible favorite
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Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Creepy, macabre and magnifacent work! :D
Faved. :)
smokinggoat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
gorgeous details and awesome colors!!
Excellent work!!!
subtronik Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Underwater = Confusion
Elvenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice painting. Also I like the creature in the middle, I think it's cute with those big eyes. :)
LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marine life has always fascinated me, too. I love the richness of this one. And i enjoy the way you merge biological beings with circuit-board images here and there.
There's no denying your work is amazing, i'm glad my friend suggested your gallery.
baba49 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wave: I have featured this stunning deviation in my journal [link] :love:

If you have any objections please let me know and I shall remove it.
Kriston42088 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Wow, truly amazing.
DiannaSixx Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
this is so damn good
benoit16souspapes Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
this is really awesome man, love the details, the colors, everything ^^
FJavier1 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Excelent! the best of sea creatures illustration that i seen
nitrouzzz Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Artist
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