A wilderness area or a wooded grove, somewhat isolated from crowds and heavy traffic, lends itself to an intensity of feeling and a kinship with the natural world. Such feelings and experiences sustain my art and suggest to me, that the natural world is sacred space. The primary purpose of my work is meant to give “homage” to the places and spaces in which we dwell.
Contemporary abstracted landscapes, perhaps best describe my approach to painting, whether in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel or collaged mixed media. I remain fascinated by the processes used to create shapes and patterns of color that move in rhythmic inter-connected forms. My mind is intrigued by subtle and dramatic variations produced by the ever-changing light and shadow, wind and weather effects that vary one’s perceptual response to topography.
Color and tones that evolve and recede in an array of seasonal conditions evoke emotional responses in me from moods that range from melancholy to delight and from inspiration to awe. My heart seeks meaning. The nuances of light, the expressions of color, the rhythmic pulses of constantly shifting light, cast shadows, patterns and shapes move me to seek understanding and serve as a metaphor for self-revelation. This pursuit propels me toward a deeper understanding of the natural world and my own place within it through an ever-deeper connection with the creative spirit both within and beyond myself.
For example, a twisted, somewhat deformed cottonwood tree becomes a metaphor for the struggle to live, survive, and offer shade and shelter to a myriad of living species. My layers of painted, scrubbed, and glazed surfaces express my own explorations in rendering what this painted living object might evoke emotionally, spiritually, and aesthetically.
My personal search for meaning uses the creative processes inherent in making painted surfaces that allow me to explore who I am, what I mean, and what I seek.
We are the landscape of all we have seen
For all things come from earth and all things end by becoming earth.
(Xenophanes of Colophon, c. 580 B.C.)
Linda Wooten-Green, 2013