Pastel Painter of the Landscape / Guest Artist
Saturday, May 25, 2 pm Demo by Dave Kaphammer in the gallery
Opening Reception “From Motion to Stillness”
with Janet Schwartz May 25 from 2 - 6
“Strong sunlight and cast shadows can make the most ordinary scenes appear magical to me. Late afternoon light breaking through trees, reflecting off water, bouncing off cars, or streaking across a snowy landscape – fills me with hope and the promise of good things to come. That delightful feeling is what I try to convey in my work.
I have always been fascinated with painting water, its abstract patterns, highlights and shadows, and distorted reflections of boats and the landscape. Of particular interest to me are peaceful scenes of fishermen in boats - the tranquility and quiet contemplation of someone out on the water in the sun, experiencing the peace we would all love to have.
I’ve been painting in pastel for about 15 years, starting from weekly classes, and moving on to painting several times a week, and teaching for the past 7 years. Despite all the passion and energy I put into my artwork, I work full time as an engineer for Bose. Exercising my creative side definitely helps my engineering work, and a full time job definitely fuels my hunger and passion for artistic work. For the past 9 months I’ve been commuting by train into Boston, and use that time to draw in my sketchbook every day. That way I love my commute and sharpen my skills at the same time!
I really enjoy entering shows and connecting to artists and collectors on social media. The sense of community and connection in the art world is very important to me. I am a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC), and a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Currently I am serving as the president of the the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. I am please to be debuting my art in this exhibit with Janet Schwartz at Gallery 31 Fine Art.
Rudder (blue water, sailboat reflection):
“This piece is one of a series exploring boat reflections. I find the rippling patterns of reflections in water to be fascinating abstract compositions. The reflections of boats are especially interesting, with the reflected sunlit masts forming crazy patterns, brilliant sun glinting off the surface of the water, the reflected depth of a blue sky. These reflections are easily missed, as people look out and see sailboats, water, sky. Observing these quiet images out in the world is really a peaceful contemplation.” — Dave Kaphammer