My pulse quickens when I imagine the Barbizon School painters of the 19th century trekking southeast from Paris to make paintings of the Forest of Fontainebleau. I picture the forest with an articulated perimeter. Like the ocean – another imposing natural wonder – you exist either within it, or outside of it. My point of view in the “Close to the Forest” paintings is from the outside.
The trip for this exhibit turned into one not about location or destination but rather one about a reawakening of my love of color. The oil paintings themselves are about the new color combinations I found on this journey. I hope by sharing these paintings the viewers can feel the joy I found on this trip.
I have always loved to draw and paint. Living in the Wisconsin countryside is a constant inspiration to me. It seems everywhere I look I see a painting – sunrises on Lake Michigan, golden hay bales scattered in a farm field, popcorn clouds dancing in a cerulean blue sky. Color and pattern are an important aspect of my work. I try to create on the canvas the energy and connection to nature I feel as I paint.
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