Hello! Writing you again to let you know about my next show, TERRAIN, which - yes - follows closely on the heals of my recent opening at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. TERRAIN is opening at Anne Neilson Fine Art in Charlotte, NC on September 5, and features eight artists, each focusing on different interpretations of landscape painting. Above is one of my paintings for the show, Dolly Sods. It is somewhat of a breakthrough!
For the last month and a half, since the opening of Ghosts of a Forgotten Landscape, I have been working on paintings inspired by grassy fields and floral subjects. You might wonder why this sudden change. Well, for more than a year I couldn’t think about or work on anything except the Barns of Shenandoah concept. It was all consuming and everything was leading up to the big MSV show. I think after it was over, my inspiration was like a boomerang! There was a desire to return to some pure landscape work after the show, and new paintings needed to be created for TERRAIN, but wow, was I surprised how different the work turned out to be!
Always one who loves novel ideas, I suppose changes in my work are inevitable, especially in the next few years. I continue to search for that deep, constant interest—one to which I will want to commit for decades. But I am open to many kinds of painting, so makes it difficult to settle down. However, people tell me that there is still a thread of consistency in my work, which is reassuring.
One thing is certain—everything comes back to Nature. And through the natural world, I find many concepts to ponder about us, the human beings. There is always something brewing in the back of my mind—ideas for new projects to bring to life. Including right now. I am thinking about a series called “Weeds”— paintings simply of the many species of weeds we find growing all around here in the Valley. The ones that are not wanted, the ones that spread naturally, the ones that are invasive. There is a lot to think about when you think about weeds. It doesn’t hurt that they also have beautiful forms, and are lovely to see in an uncut field or meadow or side of the road.
Below are some more of the paintings that may end up showing in “Terrain”, opening September 5, at Anne Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte, NC. We’ll see what makes the cut!