Nature is a celebration of the mystery, promise, and complexity of life. That is what I seek to capture in my work. I am interested in the experience of light and shadow, color and texture, the play between the seen and the unseen, between memory and imagination. As with all things in nature, there is a brief moment that says everything: the rapidly changing quality of light and shade in a forest, reflections moving in water, the hummingbird that suddenly appears, pauses, and then disappears. My paintings are about these ephemeral moments.
My love of nature was first formed over many childhood summers spent on Jekyll Island, Georgia, where live Oaks drip Spanish moss, and marsh meets ocean. Later, walks in my family’s fourteen acre forest in Tucker, Georgia taught me to appreciate pines and the understory.
I work on wood panels and begin by building up layers of acrylic paint, sometimes incorporating acrylic ink, collage elements and photo transfers. I like to combine heavy, thickly applied paint with watery washes that drip randomly. As I add layers, I scratch and scrape through in places to reveal some of the original layers. I continue adding and taking away until I’m satisfied with the surface. At some point in the process, forms emerge and I can see a forest, a bird, a river, a figure. While my process is more intuitive, I am aware of how the images I choose reflect a personal history and become a metaphor for our increasing disconnection from the natural world.
1997 MA, Art History, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
1986 BA, Art History, Emory University
2019 The B Complex, “Retropectare”, Atlanta, GA, 20th anniversary group show
2018 Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, Small Works Show, group show
2018 19th Annual Art Papers Show & Auction, Atlanta, GA, Collector’s Preview
2017 Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, Contemporary Showcase, group show
2016 Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, group show
2015 Jules Place, Boston, MA, group show
2015 Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, joint show
2014 Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, group show
2013 Jules Place, Boston, MA, group show
2013 Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, joint show
2012 Coda Gallery, Park City, Utah, joint show
2012 Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Flora and Fauna, group show
2012 Jules Place, Boston, MA, group show
2010 Lakind Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, solo show
2010 Jules Place, group show
2010 Coda Gallery, Park City, UT, joint show
2009 Gallery One, Nashville, TN, joint show
2009 Lakind Fine Art, group show
2009 Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta, GA, joint show
2009 Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL, group show
2008 Bennett Street Gallery, group show
2008 Coda Gallery, New York, NY, solo show
2007 Coda Gallery, Park City, UT, joint show
2007 Coda Gallery, New York, NY, solo show
2006 Gallery One, Nashville, TN, joint show
2006 Coda Gallery, Park City, solo show
2006 Coda Gallery, New York, NY, solo show
2005 Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, solo show
2005 Chicago Art Source, joint show
2005 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, The Ever-Changing Landscape,group show
2004 Mason Murer Fine Art, group show
2002 Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Political Woman, Juried Show
Traditional Home, April 2014, artwork in home featured in "Playing with Pastels"
Green Art: Roots, Trees, and Leaves, by Ashley Rooney, 2013
SouthwestArt Magazine, December 2012, show preview "Tracey Lane and Kim Brown"
American Art Collector, December 2012, show preview "Observations of Surroundings"
100 Southern Artists, by Ashley Rooney, 2012
SouthwestArt Magazine, September 2008, featured in "Best of the West"
SouthwestArt Magazine, February 2007, featured in article "Tales of the Trees: Six Artists Describe Their Attraction to Cottonwoods, Aspens, and More"
Southern Accents Magazine, January/February 2007
Today's Custom Home Magazine, Spring 2006
Better Homes and Gardens: Special Decorating Issue, Winter 2005
Hambidge Fellow, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2015