“The Gift of Water” August 6-29, 2021 Diane Ainsworth, David Eisenhour, Luke J. Tornatzky, Robin Weiss, Jane Wallis, and new artist Brooke Borcherding.
“Water is the driving force in nature” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Diane Ainsworth “Impressionism comes naturally to me, up close the canvas is an abstract design rich with texture and color. I try to communicate my reaction to the subject: capturing the light, colors, and mood. I lose myself in the myriad of shapes, colors and light. These elements are the building blocks of my craft. Weaving them together in a tapestry I try to convey my emotional reaction to a subject or idea.”
David Eisenhour Cast Bronze sculptor. He portrays and interprets organic forms. “Magnification informs my art. Looking at bits of the natural world under the microscope is my connection to the building blocks of life. The recognition of repetitive patterns gives me sense of belonging to something grand.” Through his artistic process Eisenhour tells stories of natural history in bronze, steel or concrete. His artistic vision reflects his lifelong inquiries and documentation of the forms and beauty in nature, as well as issues related to the environment.
Luke J. Tornatzky renown for his oil paintings of boats, water and the marine landscape. As a young boy he would gaze for hours upon the expansive surface of Lake Erie, lost in the contemplation of its ever-changing dialog of reflective shape and color. With this awareness of changing environments, he creates his silent stories of love, longing, and solitude. His use of color is rich and vibrant and through various media he expresses soulful paintings of water and the marine lifestyle.
Jane Wallis “Painting plein air is an important phase in my painting. I like to imagine that I am confronting this visual world like it was a symphony arranged by the light. The eye, like an intuitive ear, is tuned to this world. You listen with an all absorbing emotion, allowing harmony and rhythm to permeate the senses. Using instruments of watercolor, pastel, or oil, I play out the musical score with color, contrast and gesture.”
Robin Weiss “As a full-time artist working mostly ‘en plein air’, I appreciate the incredible beauty that surrounds us. I strive to reflect that beauty on canvas, utilizing light and color to create a scene that captures the eye and draws a person into the atmosphere of the place. At an early age my mentor and teacher Louis Penfield, encouraged sketching and painting from life. I began developing an awareness of the elegance of everyday objects, people and places.”
Brooke Borcherding With a background in “plein air” landscape painting, she has gained an intuitive affinity for color and dynamic composition. Her deconstructed style has been described as a modern take on pointillism or a painterly version of blown-up computer pixels. This analytical way of breaking up a scene into blocks of color and putting them back together is both engaging in process as well as the audience to enjoy getting lost in.