|Study in Blue Katherine Keanwatercolor 17 x 13"|
I have been thinking of the artists whose paintings I like the most and that I feel are a large influence on my own work. I am most attracted to the work of landscape painters, and those that convey a subjective, emotional response to nature – as well as work that includes symbolism. In their work nature is given a grand scale and for the most part the human element is diminished or left out altogether.
I’ve compiled this list (which I have edited drastically, because the long list would go on for many, many pages) including contemporary as well as historical artists.
1. J.M.W. Turner for his prolific virtuosity, for painting nature’s moods, and for making light the subject.
2. Caspar David Friedrich for his use of symbols, his symmetry, and emotional content – his romanticism.
3. Albert Pinkham Ryder for painting nature’s moods.
4. Charles Burchfield for the playfulness of his nature paintings and for visualizing sounds.
5. Agnes Pelton for her vision, for her symbolic representation of an alternate reality.
6. Georgia O’Keeffe for her clean lines, rhythms and color harmonies.
7. Gerhard Richter - if I can just pick out a few from his vast repertoire: the clouds and the seascapes: moody – dramatic- luminous.
8. Wolf Kahn for his color and abstraction.
9. April Gornik: for the beauty and the drama and the scale.
10. Sharon Ellis for the sense of ecstasy boldly expressed, for the symbolism.
11. Tula Telfair for a grand vision of nature convincingly portrayed.