ALASKA STATE LIBRARY- July 1 to August 23, 2013
These paintings are from Juneau, Northwest Washington State, Norway, and the color transmogrifier in my head. That's the same brain center that sometimes kicks in to certain dream-states and works on brilliant backlit days to change the forest into a psychedelic swirl of pure and intense colors. It happens unconsciously and sometimes against my will; I just follow the colors and enjoy the trip!
If I limited my palette to burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and Prussian blue this kind of thing wouldn't happen; instead, my paint box is bright with Hansa yellow, quinacridone magenta, and phthalo blue, colors that knock your socks off if you don't tame them with a little of their compliment and a touch of white now and then.
While the colors might stray from their origin, each of these paintings is firmly anchored in reality. Bridal crowns can be seen in the folk museums in Norway, though bejeweled rather than decked out in wildflowers; Mt. Baker and the empty tulip fields did glow in the evening light; the quarter moon balanced in perfect symmetry over the Hardanger fjord; and visitors everywhere seek solace and inspiration in the face of nature's ever constant and ever changing energy.
Paintings in this show can be previewed in the photo album at the top right side of this page. I hope you can come to the opening reception at the Alaska State Library on July 5th, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.