Shell Rummel｜海的律動 | The Rhythm of the Sea
I recently received my copy of dpi Magazine Taiwan (Vol. 217), which honored me by running a lovely feature article on my work along with a short Q & A. Happy to share a few images from my eight page spread as well as several passages from our interview. Warm thanks to the editorial team of dpi Magazine for including me in this beautiful, professional and high quality publication! x
Q: Would you share yourself with us?
A: I’m Shell Rummel, an artist and designer whose art and design studio is located just outside of Washington DC. I have an extensive fine art portfolio, having worked as a professional artist for nearly 20 years. Watercolors are my chosen medium and the unpredictable quality of painting with water suits my love of fluid, organic shape and line. I often detail my works with ink to add intricacy and depth and this has become a signature style for my work. I have a passion for textiles arts and as a designer, I am proud that through licensing my art, my designs and patterning can be found gracing a large variety of home décor products such as rugs, pillows, bath and bath and textiles, via the Shell Rummel brand.
Q: Your paintings are full of organic lines and layers of color. You’ve said that your inspiration is all things from the natural world. Where do you get the inspiration the most, sea, shell, tree or something else?
A: Inspiration for a painting comes from many unexpected places but more often than not, there is a connection to elements found in nature. It’s no surprise that I am drawn to the water, specifically the ocean, and often pay homage to it via my paintings and design work. I paint what I feel more so than what I see…and nowhere is this more evident than in my modern coastal inspired artwork which tends to abstract natural elements into line, pattern and shape. The things that most often catch my eye? Many a seashell, oyster, tideline, variegated rock and seagrass have inspired my work…I try to pay tribute to the details of their distinctive organic shapes.
Q: It seems you like all kinds of blue and green colors a lot! Why do you like these colors? How do these colors make you feel?
A: My go-to color palette includes watery blues and greens offset by neutral greys and browns. There is a grounded calmness to this combination of colors that I find very soothing and of course, reminds of the ocean I love so much.
Q: What’s the impression you want to give people from your artworks?
A: I hope the viewer will look at my artwork and see something familiar but in a new way…To notice the finest of details… the lines, the color, the light, the layers and the spaces in between. To see beyond… to feel.