I am really pleased to have this painting, The Internal Landscape, as part of my show, Observers, which opens at the the Principle Gallery this coming Friday. If you have read this blog over the last year you may recognize it as it was featured here as it was in the process of being painted and was the centerpiece of my exhibition last year at the Fenimore Art Museum. It is a very large painting, my largest by far to date, that measures in at 54″ high by 84″ wide on canvas and can really dominate a space.
I mean that in a good way.
I can’t recall at the moment what I have written or said about this piece in the past so I am just going to write a few lines that are my impressions of it. Hopefully, some of these line up with those words from the past.
I think of this as a very musical painting, filled with rhythmic lines and notes of color. Where some of my paintings are musical and are songs, some simple, this piece is more symphonic, comprised of multiple elements and themes running through it and coming together in harmony. Even the gathering of houses on the right side of the lake remind me of a chorus of voices. The whole piece sings for me.
Of course, that may just be me. I am a bit embarrassed in writing about my work in glowing terms but I do like this painting a lot and think it is a culmination of sorts, a milestone on this journey, one that I am really pleased to be able to hang at this show at the Principle Gallery. I have been showing there for over 16 years and this is my 14th consecutive annual solo show there so it means a lot to me to be able include this if only to show that the work has been evolving and growing over the years there.
It will be interesting to see it hanging in that space. Hopefully, it will live up to my words…