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Recently I have been working on paintings that have been inspired by my drives on the main roads and back roads of Old Saybrook, Lyme, Old Lyme, Chester, Essex, Deep River and East Haddam. The paintings in this exhibit are my interpretations of the rivers, inlets, falls, trees, rocks, skies and scenic routes in these Connecticut towns.
I let the colors, structures and light of the scenery I’ve observed emerge on its own from memory mixed with invention. By invention I mean I recreate moods with the energy of vivid blues, for example, and with expressive or subtle brush work.
The paintings are also about questions. How do I paint thoughts? How do I paint sound or emotion? I work on a painting with these ideas and certain visuals in mind. The process of painting is a continuous search for the truth. When I paint I want to travel to a new place in the work -- I want the work to be alive.
During this time of social distancing and lock downs, my studio routine hasn’t changed. I continue to take the drives, revisiting certain routes, finding new ones, and connecting with the beauty of where I live. The land/waterscapes I observe as the seasons change give me plenty of imagery to work into my paintings. I have been steadily painting and incorporating my observations from the road into the works. I hope that there are openings in these paintings for viewers to enter their own contemplative spaces.
The painters whose work I always return to are Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline, Willem DeKooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell. Contemporary painters I admire are Amy Sillman, Pat Steir, and Brice Marden.
For inquiries on purchasing a specific piece of artwork please contact: NCroce@fivepointsgallery.org