Capturing the Light

Lolette Guthrie

On NPR some time ago, I heard part of an interview with someone who was discussing a depression era photographer by the name of Walker Evans.  He quoted, Mr. Evans as saying, … “ the truly hard part [of photography] is capturing the light in the air”.  I realized in that moment that this is exactly what I am continually trying to achieve when I paint.

I am primarily a landscape painter and I mostly paint from memory.  At times my work is pared down representation; sometimes it is abstract.Lolette Guthrie painting

Regardless of the genre, however, my paintings are all paintings of light and atmosphere. I seek to explore the many and varied faces of the physical world and to capture the ephemeral nature of light at a moment in time that transcends the subject and captures a mood that is timeless. Each piece begins with a loose idea that evolves gradually and intuitively as I build up the surface layer by layer. I always have an idea of what I want to explore but I find that at some point the painting takes on a life of it’s own and I’m never sure where it will end up.  Lolette paintingAlways, however, I strive to discover and convey the essence of the subject and to create exciting, thought provoking visual metaphors that celebrate the incredible beauty and diversity of our world.

To me the concentrated stillness of making and manipulating marks on a canvas is a form of meditation.


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