Schenkel’s works do not deal with illusion but revolve around the way oil paint can create transitions of color. Transitions in which the colors fade away into darkness. A soft darkness in which one can feel at home. Subtle colors are found in blue hues leaning towards violet, indigo, viridian green and grey. Sometimes these colors flash purely from the canvas, at other times they are diluted into darkening twilights.
Parallel to the creation of gradients, the artist constantly explores new forms of presenting the gradients. This way of working made the color gradients find their way onto sculptural objects and on materials such as paper, wood and canvas. In the most recent works the use of glass is explored so as to expand the deep of blue.