Human / Nature: Pastel Landscapes
SOLO EXHIBITION September 1-October ?, Nashua Public Library, Nashua, NH. Reception to be held Saturday, September 23 2-4pm. Free and open to the public!
In this ongoing series, I use pastels to paint immersive landscapes that feature both well-known and overlooked vantages, often (but not exclusively) from New Hampshire and Maine. While pleasant to the eye, these works help me to think about the tangled relationship between humans and nature. This relationship is both one of forces opposed to each other and inexplicably tied together. Humans can have a devastating impact on our environment, but in many everyday cases, you can observe the Earth reclaiming where humans have moved on. Meanwhile, the human race is beholden to time and ultimately to our planet as well. My paintings explore the beauty of the balance between human activity and the Earth's reciprocity, and the sublime power nature holds.
Recommended reading: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
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