January 24, 2019 Comments Off on Cheryl Horning
There is something magical about breathing life and movement into a lump of clay. It is endlessly fascinating to me that such small changes in anatomy create such different individuals and emotions. Muscle, tissue, skin and bone carry the life story of each person. I am fascinated by identity, where we come from, and who we think we are. I draw inspiration from people’s stories, contemporary and ancient to create characters with interior lives of struggle and hope.
For me making sculpture is a way to escape, heal, explore, discover, and play. I build up clay using waddies and coils to create heads and figures. My figures run a continuum from realistic to abstract and from human to botanical.
Whether I am working on figures or abstract pieces, I am expressing ideas about relationships to one another, to the environment, to God and to mystery.
January 24, 2019 § Leave a comment
It takes a robust vocabulary to get closer to describing the indescribable.
But my vocabulary isn’t just comprised of words…
It contains entire spectrums of color.
I’ve always painted. But before my life was full-time artist, children, and outdoor escapade it was job in Boston, graphic design, and urban frenzy. When we relocated upstate to go rogue and rural, the next right move was that I freelance, resulting in a booming design business I ran for thirteen years. Still, I never left the quiet of the canvas, and my work continued to migrate through the galleries…
Some impulses cannot be denied. And none of our loves should ever be ignored.
As unsentimental as the seasons, I closed the design business so my painting one could begin.
My work involves research and recon. Solo adventures outdoors with my sketch book and camera, or scavenging the woods with my children – look at this, mom!…look at this…now, look at this…
I walk home with sticks in my pocket – nature’s body language.
I develop my photos in black and white to focus entirely on shape – nature’s accents.
I mix colors, layer them, put them next to each other, discover them – nature’s attitude and moods.
It’s one thing to replicate the look of the outside world…it’s quite another to capture the thrill of its drama.
We live on the outskirts of busyness and modern norms to be closer to what sustains us. And while our choices haven’t always been easy, anything worth doing demands its sacrifice.
As a result of making them, I’ve never been a starving artist. Just a bit untamed…and always a bit ravenous to get back to my work – making art that sustains others by inviting the outdoors in.
January 24, 2019 § Leave a comment
Like a reporter I record the time and place of my wanderings around Upstate New York and New England. I find places and scenes of fascination: quiet woodlands or gas stations, farmlands or industrial sites, places I see in passing, sometimes from the corner of my eye often easily overlooked by others. This is where I find beauty. This is where I find the sublime.
September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Audrie Sturman
The rhythms of nature IGNITE my creative vision. My abstract sculpture reflects its movements and changes.
The movement of the wind, the clouds, the waves, create a visual, physical and spiritual poetry. Which, together with man’s thoughts over thousands of years, DRIVE my own ideas and artistic responses.
My relief sculpture, for example, “Petrified Wind,” allows me to work in 2 and 3Dimensions. On both a small and large scale. Having an early background in Painting and Printmaking, I enjoy incorporating this experience into my sculpture.
Though my work is spontaneous, small models often serve as a guide and inspiration for an entire series, leading to large inter related sculptural groupings.
The wind is like the earth’s pulse; it breathes, it moves, with these groupings I try to hold and embrace the wind.
September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Kathy Klompas
Printmaking allows me to respond to elements of color, movement, emotion and balance with fluidity and freedom. Drawn to observing and creating patterns, textures and structures, I am free to shape thoughts and images as I play.
The spontaneity and simplicity of monotype allows mark-making to flow unencumbered. Layering with multiple techniques such as collograph, chine-colle, digital images, and stitching intrigues me to build more complex imagery on both paper and fabric.
September 5, 2016 § Leave a comment
Working in the figurative is a combination of life before me (the model) melding with the amazing visual influences of my life, captured canvas, paper or sculpture. I think as a society, we take ourselves too seriously. High pressures and in some cases the absolute drive for perfection determines the focus. I don’t want my art to convey that. I want it somewhat naive and playful.
July 11, 2016 § Leave a comment
Takeyce Walter is truly inspired by the landscape. This is ever apparent when standing before any of her paintings. Walter’s work in oil and pastel present the landscape of the Northeast in all its glory. There is a great sense of familiarity, calm, and peacefulness in each piece.
The paintings feature the rural landscape of upstate New York, the Adirondacks, Cape Cod, and Vermont. Walter is especially inspired by, and drawn to the water; rivers, lakes, marshes, streams and the ocean. She is fortunate to live in close proximity to the beautiful Hudson, Mohawk, Au Sable Rivers and visits the beaches of Cape Cod during the summer.
Walter is a painter and art instructor whose return to painting in 2005 has been documented on her blog. She made a commitment to finishing at least one painting a week and started blogging to help track her progress. Many years later, she has maintained that commitment and is currently producing art on a prolific basis. In addition to exhibiting her paintings online, she also exhibits in local venues in the Upstate New York Capital Region. Her art has found homes in many private collections across the country, and internationally.
The beauty found in nature often overwhelms me. I am driven by an ever-present and irresistible urge to capture that beauty to share with others. My recent work reflects the beauty I see in the natural landscape around me. I am most inspired by, and drawn to quiet and peaceful scenes. The paintings are of places I’ve experienced with all of my senses, composed with intent to reconstruct the sense of connectedness I feel with nature.
My process of creating art is nourishing, energizing, and exhausting all at once. My goal when starting a painting is to capture the impression a place or a moment has left upon me. I need not lay down every blade of grass to capture the mood and atmosphere that originally drew me to a composition. I work primarily with oil paint and soft pastels to capture these moments.
I am inspired, and I hope my work inspires others to take pause, and really experience the beauty around us.
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