Craig Gallery Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with Diane Wile-Brumm & Shannon Bell.
The theme of this exhibit related to where we as painters draw our inspiration from — whether it be landscape that resonates, a home that cultivated our creativity or a person who has found their heart’s desire in place. It also referred to viewpoint, and how each of us sees the world in a distinct, individual way and how that is represented in our work.
When most people view a painting they talk of narrative . . . “Where is that?” . . . “Who is that?” . . . or the ultimate . . . “What is that?” They might connect to a painting because of a location, a time, a memory or an emotion that it evokes. They bring their own experiences to it and make it their own.
Focusing on the figure’s relationship to place, I explored gesture and how others feel about their chosen landscape in large, expressive acrylic paintings. The subjects address the viewer frankly, saying, “Here I am. This is where I come from.”