I recently visited the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, to see the Soutine/de Kooning show entitled “Conversation In Paint. The show was very moving in so many ways. The way each artist approached his method of painting: through the Paint handling, the physicality of the paint, and the emotion of design and subject. The size, physicality of Paint in de Kooning and the raw emotion of Soutine, all of which made for a very powerful show.
Afterwards, I decide to walk through the permanent collection of Dr. Barnes, seeing Cezanne, Picasso, Daurmier, Braque, and Monet, and many more. Unlike the show of Conversation In Paint, with all its physicality, these paintings were small, very human in size and or scale, with beautiful handmade frames. These carried the same power and emotion of something, without it epic size. It was in this collection I thought, “this, this is how I’m going to approach the landscape invitational at the Wayne Art Center. I would try to get those same human qualities into my landscapes, while trying to duplicate the same antique frames or small designs I saw on those pieces in the Barnes Collection.
This would be my focus for this show.