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Tracey Lane's richly, textured paintings in acrylic are a celebration of the mystery of nature, and the promise and complexity of life that exists in nature. "I'm mostly inspired by the quiet drama of nature – trees bending toward the light, silent reflections, sunlight breaking through clouds," says Lane. "More recently, I've begun to explore the 'flesh and blood' wildness of nature through birds" and other wildlife, which, says the artist, are ubiquitous reminders of our important and often shunned responsibilities as stewards of the earth. Lane approaches her mixed media works on panel with energy and brisk movement. Paint is sometimes left dripping on the panel to dry, and other times applied with palette knives in a rich impasto. "My paintings are about the experience of light and shadow, color and texture – the play between the seen and the unseen, and memory and imagination," says Lane. A resident of Atlanta, Lane earned her bachelors and masters degrees in art history from Emory University in Atlanta. She began painting a series of studies of trees following time spent in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville, though Lane says these works are not intended as literal interpretations of the landscape but rather symbols of life itself. "Even though I'm painting trees they're all self-portraits in a way," says Lane, who quotes the late German romantic painter Casper David Friedrich, who said: "The pure, frank sentiments we hold in our hearts are the only truthful sources of art."
Craig Mooney’s paintings translate the emotional impact of a places that he has visited. His imagery feels familiar but is not specific. The sky, most notable for the weather, is a dominant force in most of his works. In Vermont, his current home, Craig witnesses drastic shifts in weather in a single day that results in storms to sun and back again. The shifts of lights across the surface of valleys are captured beautifully in his landscapes. In addition to expressive landscapes, Craig also creates elegant figurative paintings that allow the viewer to observe someone deep private thoughts.
A delicate visual sensitivity is at the core of all of Jane Park Wells’ paintings. Working on square and rectangular wooden panels or on similarly shaped canvases, she stains, rubs, masks, over-paints and sands layers of color into rich layers of transparency, building a luminous surface of sensuous visual depth or sheer atmosphere. Wells then floats a variety of colored, loose and incredibly lively lines onto these shifting and colorful grounds. For Wells color is an ongoing exploration of mood. Each of her series of paintings uses color to explore a variety of emotional atmospheres and to construct visual nuance and texture. In Wells’ paintings, color and line build emotional networks that can be intense or delicate, vibrant or restrained. At times the color uplifts us; at other times we are subdued by it. Sometimes the color and her application emphasize the inherent grain or flaws of the underlying material; at other times the ground is obscured completely.