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KATE BROWNING
May 23 – June 16, 2018

 

Inspired by time spent in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, Kate Browning has created a remarkable series of abstracted nature paintings. Her paintings are suggestive of the region’s natural wonders: flora and fauna, flowing streams and reflecting lakes, big skies and jagged mountain silhouettes. Using techniques such as washes, scrubbing, pouring and over-painting, the artist captures a sense of the ever evolving landscape, the ceaseless changes of weather, and the continual passing of the seasons.  Working on unstretched canvases that hang like tapestries, her paintings convey a freshness and directness that is sure to captivate and inspire the viewer.  Browning has managed to create grand nature paintings that remain unpretentious and very human.

“My present work is a reflection of what I have positively experienced in those areas of the Sawtooth National Forest, which have not been touched by too much civilization.
    
“I love the unexpected as I work. Sometimes a painting is resolved by turning it upside down. Sometimes a shape, mark or color is changed even though it isn’t true to reality. It just feels appropriate in the painting. Sometimes I will cannibalize a portion of a work and partially scrape away a too perfect image. And sometimes a 2 quart can of Titanium White oil paint is poured over the work and oddly completes it.

“But most of all, I just love the mark itself whether it is produced consciously or unconsciously. I love observing where it wanders and what form it takes. That is really my greatest joy.”

 

Evening Landing, 2017-18, oil on canvas, 60 x 48"
Evening Landing, 2017-18, oil on canvas, 60 x 48"

 

Day Time, 2017-18, oil on canvas, 62 x 47”
Day Time, 2017-18, oil on canvas, 62 x 47”

 

 

Jim Stark’s Winter Backyard, 2017-18, oil on canvas, 55 x 40"
Jim Stark’s Winter Backyard, 2017-18, oil on canvas, 55 x 40"
Stanley Lake Reflections, 2017, oil & mixed media on canvas, 55 x 46"
Stanley Lake Reflections, 2017, oil & mixed media on canvas, 55 x 46"

 

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