White Pine 50”x36” oil on linen 2019
Normally a reasonably articulate person, I go numb and dumb when someone asks me to describe my painting. Most of the words I manage to sputter are generic descriptions that could apply to anyone’s paintings – strong color, lots of movement and an abstracted view of nature. For someone who actually makes paintings, I failed to paint any kind of picture.
But a couple of years ago in a class I taught at the Providence Art Club, a fellow painter and student gave me the words I needed to evoke the feeling of my work. He told me my paintings reminded him of the jungles in the movie Avatar.
I pooh-poohed the description at first, but I’ve come to embrace it. My painting is an exaggerated view of nature. The colors are both saturated and subtle, the lines move like vines through the picture plane and the work is a wild interpretation of a land without human beings.
Now when I tell people what I do, they don’t just look at me politely and change the subject, they seem genuinely interested. Thank you Bob!