CREATING THROUGH REVERIE
Luminosity is the atmosphere and nature of watercolor. It is the one quality that has always drawn me to the medium. Much like a photograph, watercolors develop. Each begins with a 'what if' and concludes by gently placing down the brush.
The medium of oil painting has a nature too, though one that counters watercolor.
Throughout the years, I find myself aligning the direction of an individual painting with a course of nature, sort of like asking the materials at hand how they wish to be used.
ON THE WAY HERE
My paintings are explorations of mood and place. In the spirit of Sargent/Klee in Egypt, or Homer in North America’s 19th century wilderness, themes in my work explore the terrain of expanded civilization. Snapshot sources capture fleeting images of the places I visit both daily and seasonally. But, my focus will always be on the transportive aesthetic of the painting itself.
DRIFT AND EXPLORE
I don't look to conquer places. I prefer to explore new landscapes and cities without background information, without GPS, much preferring to feel lost. Travel that is most dear to me gives little credit to the place and more to the attitude of abandon.
SEEING THROUGH PAINTING
Lately, I have been more curious about what is beyond my street and neighborhood here in Caldwell County. I have begun to look at the place around me plainly through new eyes. I remind myself that despite the fact that there are so many things that this place is not, it is authentic. Portraying this quality is a challenge, but one that I continuously enjoy.
Located in historic Downtown Lockhart, Commerce Gallery showcases contemporary visual art while offering an inviting space for communities to gather, create and connect.
The gallery, founded in 2019 by owners and curators Donna Blair and Tamara Carlise, is housed in a century-old building nestled in the heart of Lockhart’s historic town square. Commerce Gallery curates rotating exhibitions by the region’s most celebrated contemporary artists and serves as homebase to prolific artist-in-residence Christopher St. Leger.
102 S. Commerce St.
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