In December 2013, when I suddenly lost my “real” job as a theatrical scenic painter, I took it as a sign to return to my roots and what I loved most. ART. Specifically, drawing and painting. In the theater I helped create worlds physically on a stage. Now I create worlds on a smaller, but more personal scale. One moment there is a blank canvas and then with a few marks there appears a figure or a place. We all see the lines on the paper or brushstrokes on canvas but it coalesces into a familiar image and evokes a feeling, an affinity…something. We recognize something in that image as innately human, something we can identify with. How amazing is that!
The urban landscape done en plein air is a recent discovery and this new direction is exhilarating. I respond strongly to the structures of the urban landscape that I see all around me. The impact of the vertical and horizontal structures…how they conflict and contrast with each other and yet seem to morph into their own composed design fascinates me. Add to that the immediacy of painting plein air (outdoors) with the changing conditions, the need to act fast, get the mark down, and concentrate on the essence of the scene not necessarily the details. There is nothing like it.
PURCHASE WORK BY Sarah Baptist AT JAM GALLERY
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