The Abstraction of the Eastern Shore, Land & Sea
Work by Kate Meyer Fitzpatrick
April 1, 2022 - May 1, 2022
Tubbs Gallery Gallery
Opening reception: Friday, April 1, 2022 (5-7pm).
“Making art has always been a part of my life. I have an intense love for color & calm. While I have a vast fascination with the changing seasons, I like to push the boundaries of realism to abstraction. My work will move from loose realism to the more abstract aspects of each pieces composition. I was strongly influenced as a child by the Wyeth family, which allowed me to see art as a major part of family life. Starting in watercolor , I became very focused on light and values. Later in life and study , I became inspired by the works of Matisse, Diebenkorn, Emily Mason and Wolf Kahn. The use of color to stretch the viewers imagination fascinates me and pushes me to do more.”
Artist Kate Meyer approaches her work by inventing from nature, “I like to be spontaneous. By abstracting the forms I try to create a sense of mood and atmosphere.” She combines a variety of textures and shapes blended with quick brush strokes to achieve a sense of lost and found. Throughout her travels and living close to the sea, she is always recording from life. Raised in the Chadds Ford Pa and the Greenville DE area, “I was surrounded by nature and the Wyeth family of artists, who inspire me to this day. Having spent my childhood summers on an island off Mount Desert Island, Maine and also living for a number of years on the island of Martha’s Vineyard , MA , I am constantly drawn to the sea, salt marshes and coastal lands that surround me. Now living full time in the Eastern Shore of Virginia, I am surrounded by inspiration and feel the need to express the beauty I see each day.”
Image credit: “Lingering Memories, Metompkin Bay, Eastern Shore VA,” oil on canvas, 2021, 40″ x 40″ by Kate Meyer Fitzpatrick