"And into the Night"
November 1-December 21, 2013
Helen Devitt Jones Studio Gallery
I now paint landscapes. Not typical ones, nor imaginary ones, I have had too much training in perspective, horizon, foreground, background, etc. My work is emotional. I think of Robert Henri training the inner eye. I absorb the colors, the rolling cloud, the blurred edge and the obfuscated patches of near form. I bring this study to my canvas without the aid of photographs, to paint a feel of the world around me.
I live in an obscure place and I choose to paint that. It is beautiful perhaps, but lonely and quite lacking in modern footprint. South Texas is a strange land to this East coast girl and I feel very much the stranger. Here live whispers of a place where Comanche, Santa Anna, and early settlers promenade like spectral ectoplasm, their goo floating past my lidded eyes with rapacious abandon. My exploration on canvas addresses this virginal untamed world that lives “still ” within our present one.
I try to capture in work my emotional response to this peculiar feel. My paintings celebrate an abandonment of real time in hopes of capturing all time. I do this by what my hand and personal rhythm can create in a natural way without too much intellectual prodding; we are overloaded by that. I seek a gentler voice, the one that does not rush the one that is timeless.
My dedication to this subject has remained the same for the last seven years and corresponds to the time I have lived in TX. In studio, I pursue atmospheric romantic paintings that are tethered to classical interpretations of landscape. I am interested in capturing the feeling of awe found in enigmatic brushwork. It is that lure of beauty, I pursue.