Red Bud #2 Brown

Red Bud #2 Brown, acrylic, 16" x 24"

Betsy Zmuda-Swanson says about her work, "I am captivated by the out-of-doors.  I like the stillness and the quiet observing required to draw and paint landscapes.  The scene changes constantly as the light and shadows quickly move, which intrigues me even more.  When I am painting landscapes plein air, I get a sense of freedom much more pronounced then my practice in the studio.  I work at being in the present moment, experiencing, which means staying out of mindless chatter, and criticism.  I do this to open the way for further expression.  I often get home and prop my work up inside to find the change in light has transformed the painting to a level I could not previously see, outside.

I develop my compositions very carefully.  To many people my subject matter may be dismissed as ordinary and taken for granted.  To me each scene is an invitation for depth of line and field, for play of space and color, a pathway to loosen up and let the flow of creativity pour out of me.  In answering this call, I extend my private invitation to the viewer.  I work at compositions that joggle the viewer to stop and take notice.  In this noticing the viewer must orient to the painting, to the scene, and my exploration of my senses.  The new orientation requires the viewer to define and draw an answer to the question, Where are You?  Can you be here now with me?  In this way I am beckoning the viewer to a deeper relationship with the present, with themselves, and with my world."

text and image from The Chait Galleries Downtown

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