Eastward to Wyoming

Works by Barbara Martin

June 10, 2022 - July 17, 2022

Ventures Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, June 10, 2022 (5pm to 7pm).

“Art is an adventure. Each painting is a new exploration of place and emotion. As my fingers smear the paint I sense the character and mood of a piece, and its context develops organically to reveal its particular place-moment in time. My subjects range from the serenity of a landscape … to the horror of a nightmare. I typically begin with automatic painting, using my fingers and palms to manipulate the paint into textured layers containing swirls and patches of color as well as creating unique marks. I continue by both adding and removing paint using a variety of tools. I cover, obscure and re-cover the surface as I work through a dialogue with the piece, intuitively applying paint and glazes, veiling or scratching away, perhaps detailing with a touch of pencil or oil pastel as the painting nears completion. I most often work in acrylic. My favorite tools are my fingers and angled flat brushes.  Alone in the studio, I work in silence while I listen to each painting. My fingers push and pull at the very threads of story and timeless existence…until imagery, color and texture gradually develop into a narrative. As the subject reveals itself, I am able to settle into the mindspace for the piece and its specific focus becomes clear. Each image holds its own personality and context and inevitably reflects a feeling or situation I have witnessed or experienced — perhaps empathically or in a dream or in my daily life. As a process painter, I allow each painting to develop organically so the character and context are not planned at all. Any text becomes clear at the end when the painting resolves itself. I do my best to tell the truth as it presents itself to me in that moment. I painted this series of works during my time at the Jentel Artist Residency in the Lower Piney Creek Valley of the majestic Bighorn Mountains in eastern Wyoming. They were inspired by the rhythm of the passing landscape and sky during a summer journey from Oregon via the Columbia Gorge then crossing into eastern Washington, a little bit of Idaho, the vastness that is Montana and finally the big open sky across the width of Wyoming to my destination in the Lower Piney Creek Valley of the Bighorn Mountains in eastern Wyoming.”

 

Image Credit: “Eastward to Wyoming I,” acrylic by Barbara Martin

 

Eastward to Wyoming #1
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #2
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #4
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #5
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #6
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #7
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #8
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #9
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #10
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #11
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #12
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #13
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #14
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)


Eastward to Wyoming #15
Acrylic, Neocolor II and Pencil on paper
$300
14″ x 11″ (Framed)