Landscape for a Good Woman

Although the series is called Landscape for a Good Woman, it is a group of figurative works in oil on canvas and oil on linen. Comprised of 4 full portraits and 19 smaller sketchpieces, the works range from 4x6 inches to 4x6 feet. Each work, however, makes a significant contribution to the “landscape” created by the series.

This is a series of figurative works is intended to create an interior landscape, building sketch upon sketch towards, the larger works. Each sketch has a personality, a point of view, an opinion; one may not like, or admire, or want to be any of these one-dimensional women. They are built out of interior monologues, emotional, literary, art historical and musical references that colour single facets of her personality. Then the sketches combine to build the outer appearance in the full portraits.
In contrast, the larger works are intended to be inscrutable, somewhat unreadable, for such is the outer appearance of her life. In the end, the years, the experience, and all of the interior machinations, simply seem to record the exterior evidence of a life lived out on these transitional foothills, somewhere between the mountains and the prairie. A limited pallet of alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, and ultramarine blue is used throughout; the works are formally, aesthetically, thematically and emotionally linked.

They build upon each other. The painting process is integral to the meaning of the works and is consistent throughout. A crimson ground was laid down on each canvas and allowed to thoroughly dry. Then an impasto landscape, meaning a landscape of wet oil paint, was painted in one pass. Using a kitchen knife, a paring knife, as a drawing implement, the space for the woman was first carved and scraped out of the impasto landscape and then drawn in with the tip of the knife. Her figure became embedded, claiming her space in her landscape. Sometimes starkly Outstanding, sometimes barely distinguishable from the land, the environment, that surrounds her. Although the series is called Landscape for a Good Woman, it is a group of figurative works in oil on canvas and oil on linen. Comprised of 4 full portraits and 19 smaller sketchpieces, the works range from 4x6 inches to 4x6 feet. Each work, however, makes a significant contribution to the “landscape” created by the series. A limited pallet of alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, and ultramarine blue is used throughout; the works are formally, aesthetically, thematically and emotionally linked. They build upon each other.

The 24 works are connected and the group de facto strengthened by Identical crimson framing - reclaimed cedar fence boards. Not commercial, not specifically pleasant, but providing a contemplative journey from an interior that is never expressed, to an exterior that deflects; defaulting to an inscrutable reflection of the environment that surrounds her. This is the Landscape for a Good Woman.


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