IMAGES OF butterflies in acrylic paint and figures of love and humanity made with laser-cut steel are the highlights in Ross Capili’s Tales and Trails, the 11th installment of Conrad Manila’s “Of Art and Wine” series.

The painter, photographer, and digital artist held his first solo exhibition in 1981 and has since mounted over 30 exhibits in Manila, Paris, and the United States. Mr. Capili has also participated in more than 35 group exhibitions across Asia.

Tales & Trails presents different collectible art pieces painted on canvas and shaped in steel that highlights my love for nature, music and all things that represent celebration and happy memories of traveling,” Mr. Capili said of his latest works. He said that he is inspired by the places in his travels where he feels emotion.

Sa Singapore, everywhere you go, puro perfect. Ayaw ko ng ganoon. Gusto ko ’yung may nararamdaman ako (In Singapore, everywhere you go, it’s all perfect. I do not like that. I want to feel something),” Mr. Capili said of his experience when traveling the country.

In contrast to that experience, he cited his work Moon of Bandung, an abstract painting of the valleys in the capital city of West Java province in Indonesia. “Once you are there, common ’yung valley pero meron ako nakita sa color ng valley na kakaiba (Once you are there, the valley is common but I see something different in its color).”

The 60-year-old artist is also inspired by elements in nature.

Among the works that reflect these are Palette of Melodies 1 and 2, acrylic on a butterfly wing-shaped canvas enclosed in plexiglass, and Sunset Jazz, a five-foot sculpture made of raw alloy steel on a boulder.

Mr. Capili noted his fascination for nature as fleeting moments.

Hindi mo na siya mababalikan (You cannot go back to it),” he said. “It’s a reminder for us that soon, it may be gone. Makikita mo nalang siguro sa painting ko (You might only see it in my paintings).”

Tales & Trails by Ross Capili is on view at Gallery C at the Conrad Hotel until January 2020. For details call the hotel at 8833-9999 or e-mail conradmanila@conradhotels.com, or e-mail the artist at studiorosscapili@yahoo.com. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman