Sunday, December 5, 2010
Lisa Harris Gallery Exhibition
In September my work was part of a two person exhibit at the Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle. I have worked with Lisa for ten years and she presents my work well. For this show I did twelve new paintings. The work represented a slight shift in terms of color use and motif. For several years my work has focused on wetlands and intimate settings in nature. In the paintings, seen below, I have shifted to a larger more panoramic view. "Above the Valley" puts the viewer in an elevated position and suggests a strong light moving across the picture plane. The brush handling moves up the picture plane starting with a more naturalistic rendering technique in the lower third and culminating at the top of the canvas with a loose burst of light, the brush strokes in the upper third, revealing process, paint handling and a flattening of space, as opposed to image making. This in turn presents the viewer with different levels of focus and a juxtaposition of visual language.