Receptive Abstract Patternism Defined: Ok so what is Receptive Abstract Patternism™ exactly?

Receptive Abstract Patternism Defined: Ok so what is Receptive Abstract Patternism™ exactly?


While most people can understand the word abstract… because it certainly is. Most of my work is non-representational and non-objective. So it’s easy to conclude that my artwork is abstract. The word Patternism is pretty obvious…we often say that the paintings are held together by the continuity and comfort of pattern. As the work has progressed some of these patterns are quite complex. Others are simple. But if you view the vast number of paintings, I have created you will quickly see the style and many-faceted uses of patterns.

Now is the part of the term I am particularly partial to the word Receptive. You have to be pretty open in your thinking to be receptive, and open to being creative. Plus, you can’t be overly objective. Of course, you can be receptive to outside influences, many representational artists are, and they interpret subject matter with their own unique styles. My Receptive style requires the stimulation to percolate up from my own non-objective thinking.

I never or very rarely ever plan out a painting, they just evolved on the canvas. Colors seem to beget colors, shapes seem to find their own juxtapositions, and the work starts to look cohesive. I can honestly say, it’s just as much fun for me to see how they end up. Many an early morning, I have gone into the studio to see what the previous day’s work yielded. Even the paintings that I thought had the potential of being total disasters somehow managed to save themselves overnight. 

Historically there have been artists that fervently state that they’re not inspired by anything. I fall in line with those creatives, and I can confidently say I do not get any real inspiration from the world around me. Some of my paintings end up with titles with a nature theme. But this is the result of studying the work long after completion. Some of my pieces beg for names…while others are painfully difficult to name. But that is one of the great joys of being an artist.

“For an artist, one lifetime is not enough.

It’s a never-ending journey that must rely heavily on the prospect of reincarnation.”


Rod Jones Artist-Writer