Artist Statement - Places & Moments in Time
I like to think that an artist’s memory is like a collection of images; images of places and moments in time. These images are never like the actual place or moment that has passed. Even when an artist stands before her subject, it becomes inevitable that her own personality will color the reality before her. Indeed, there is magic in blending that which is discernible with that which is intangible. And it is thus how I have recorded and created images; images of places that seem to have existed for all time, and those that have come and gone in a moment. And so, sharing the spotlight with my images, are my memories of the very places and moments that occupied my vision, my heart and my hand...
This exhibit contained seven paintings of scenes in Southern California created in “plein-air” or out in the open. The Impressionists, in the 1860’s began this artistic tradition when the invention of portable oil paint in tubes freed the artist to take his easel outside. California has its own tradition of plein air painting as is evident by the many artists that pepper her shore lines attempting to capture beautiful vistas in fleeting light. I joined this tradition in the summer of 2001 when I became fond of the immediacy that becomes necessary when trying to “outpaint” the changing elements. A favorite spot was Crystal Cove and its beach cottages; a haven for an artists community, where many a Hollywood picture was filmed.
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