Barrett at BC kitchen + bar!
BC kitchen + bar (formerly Babycakes Cafe) sponsors Barrett Art Center by providing a premier exhibit opportunity at their popular and upscale gathering place and eatery on the circle at Raymond Avenue near the new Vassar College Bookstore.
on exhibit now....
November 16th through January 11th
Trees in Deep Snow, Pastel, 10x8
Artist Statement and Background
For most of my adult life I focused more on music than on visual arts, but in my late forties a wrist injury interfered with my ability to play my
instrument. My creativity needed a new outlet, so I started drawing, and soon became obsessed. Drawing became the focus of my life. After my
2013 move from Oregon to Gardiner, NY I discovered the rugged ecosystem of the Shawangunk Mountains. The natural world is my passion and my
refuge. In my work I try to recreate a hiker's perspective of landscapes as potential journeys that can draw us out of our usual tired circle of thoughts
into a more spacious place. I hope to simply convey the inherently generous, fluid and mysterious nature of the world that I see.
I am mainly self taught, having no formal art instruction other than one college class in drawing. But as the child of a painter and a photographer
who towed me from one museum to the next, art was a consistent presence. We also travelled and camped all over the West, so the outdoor
world was always a big part of my life. In middle age I developed the patience and confidence to return to the mind of the child who explored
freely in redwood forests, open fields, and on mountain trails.
Afternoon Storm, Pastel, 20x16
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