Artist Barbara Hart’s fascination with nature, the earth and atmospheric qualities are the inspirations behind her plein air paintings. Enjoy more of her beautiful, light-filled landscapes by visiting her website.
Compelling skies, horizons and light-filled landscapes are my inspiration. I’ve always had a sense of wonder about nature, the land and atmospheric qualities. There’s a fascination between the permanence of the land and the impermanence of the continuing shifting light that I try to capture in my work.
Many of my current paintings portray a sense of mystery and intrigue about the beauty and diversity of nature. I love the challenge of painting the sky, ocean and land and portraying light and atmosphere.
I begin with a photo and a feeling. I try to hold onto the majesty of the scene and the immediacy of my response to a particular place.
Then, in the studio, using photographs, sketches and memory I begin work until the paint comes together to form the image. I work to create a balance between the paint and image, so one is not stronger than the other.
I create the spirit of a place once visited, a visual journal of memory. I want my paintings to offer the viewer a moment of respite and to touch their mind and heart.
Recently, I left the hustle of New York City and moved to a small town. This has provided me with time to paint, an affordable studio space and a community of artists.
Since my move, I’ve been introduced to a wonderful community of plein air painters. This is a very different method than studio painting and is a great way to explore a more direct and immediate method of painting.
Plein air painting is filled with new challenges; for instance, the changing light and choosing what to focus on. It offers a chance to paint with other artists and to be in nature.
This summer I’m looking forward to stepping outside the studio and into the landscape with my easel and paints.
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