Seasons change, and so do we. As four of our most adventurous landscape painters know well, the rhythms are often intertwined. Matthew Higginbotham, Bruce King, Christopher Owen Nelson and Marshall Noice find diverse rewards in exploring nature. As November’s chill takes full grip, they’ll show bright meditations on the darker months for our “Holiday Aglow” show.
Winter starts to settle in slow shifts; the light fades seconds sooner each day, leaves fall one by one, clouds change shape and the sun takes paler tones. It requires a keen eye to capture the transformation, and that’s Matthew Higginbotham‘s gift. The artist captures shades of season’s change, and as in “Rising Storm over Juniper Bush,” the results resonate with emotional power.
First snow is a change not subtle but spectacular as fall colors compete with a blanket of piercing white. Oneida artist Bruce King‘s subjects find themselves caught in the battle between seasons in “Early Snow of Winter Camp.” His paintings show his people’s fierce independence, and their humility before the natural world.
Pillars of White
There’s no place quite so still as a sleeping aspen forest. Denver artist Christopher Owen Nelson freezes the dead of winter in plexiglass in his painted carving “Pillars.” They might be spindly, but these speckled trunks feel solid as cool marble to the eye.
Spring’s thaw starts long before the snow is gone. Marshall Noice uses pastels to capture evidence of nature’s awakening in “Old Snow.” Shadows cast blue stripes on gritty, cream-colored snow as the artist plays with texture and color to evoke the first signs of a new beginning.
Visit Waxlander starting November 20 to explore the winter wonderlands of “Holiday Aglow,” featuring new work from all of our artists, and check back for more blog posts about the show. The artists’ reception is Friday, November 23 from 5-7 pm.