Pastel on paper, 2018. SOLD
As a native of New England, I grew up surrounded by the stunning beauty of Maine's coast, forested interior and clear mountain lakes. Early recollections of starfish in tide pools along the rocky shore and the immense ribbon of Milky Way stars splashed across the inky night sky still haunt my imagination. Consequently, my on-going love of the outdoors and connection to location finds its way into much of my current work.
The titles of recent exhibits suggest this fascination:
There was Evening, There was Morning
(Aug - Oct 2023)
Remembering (Sept. 2021)
Unspoken Riches: Nature at its Splendid Best
(Nov - Dec 2017)
Kennebunk to Ketchum (July 2017)
Heaven and Nature Sing (Dec 2015-January 2016),
Land That I Love (August 2014),
At Water's Edge (March 14-May 2, 2014),
Occoquan and Beyond (Nov. 2013),
Intertidal : New Coastal Paintings (July 2013),
I have been working in acrylic paint for almost two decades; a media I love because of its versatility, speed of use, and fact that it's water based. I have recently re-introduced oils to my repertory - a media I was introduced to in high school and college. However, as a painter who loves to draw, I also find joy using pastel, other dry media, and occasionally watercolor. The vibrancy and transparency of watercolor sometimes influences how I use other painting media.
There is a marvelous cross-pollination that occurs when working in several media. One day this all may sprout into authentic mixed media work or grow into the realm of complete abstraction, but for the moment I remain planted solidly in the natural world as my subject matter and typically use the various media discretely.
"The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder"
- G. K. Chesterton
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Kathleen Best Gillmann
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