Ragellah Rourke has been producing luminous abstract paintings for over twenty-five years. Working in both oil and acrylics she gradually builds up the surface of her paintings intuitively. Her surfaces are lush worlds which encompass energetic brush strokes suspended over atmospheric backdrops. Occupying an ethereal space, there is a sense of movement in the forms and imagery in which Rourke creates a place that is based in nature, yet is altered, intensified, and poetic. These sophisicated compositions are created through chaos that never reveals a definitive narrative.
Ragellah Rourke was born in Upstate New York in 1963. She attended Russell Sage Junior College then the University at Albany where she graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. For the past twenty years she has lived with her family in East Berne, New York. The natural beauty of the countryside surrounding her has been a major influence on her work.