Environmentsfeaturing: Michael Schweigart and Maxine Shore
This show runs from September 10, 2020 until October 4, 2020
Michael Schweigart and Maxine Shore could not be more different in their approach to painting the landscape, but their impact together is dynamic. Maxine's bold color harmonies excite the senses and her geometric shapes and light patterns create complex compositions. Michael's palette is subtle with natural muted tones of light and shadow and a sharp focus on detail. "Environments" brings together the best of both styles and you know what they say, "opposites attract".
Maxine strives to fill her work with color and light. "I'm inspired by the clear, strong light found in the west and southwest of the US. The mountains and the bodies of water consist of interesting organic shapes and a spectrum of colors. Closer to home there are countless opportunities to explore different kinds of landscapes and a softer, more diffuse light." When starting a painting Maxine often follows a particular routine. After she has chosen her subject, she does some quick sketches indicating the values (lights and darks) of the scene. Occasionally work is done on a smaller preliminary painting. This will help her decide whether she wants to go on to paint a larger, more involved work. Maxine's goal is to enable the viewer to reevaluate how she or he perceives nature. What I attempt to achieve is well summed up in the quote from Marcel Proust, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes."
Michael can find inspiration just about anywhere he goes and relishes taking the road less traveled whenever possible with a focus on what characterizes a region. Like many, he has a deep appreciation for nature. It provides a constant source of ideas to explore. Scenes of coastal Maine and parts of eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey make up the bulk of his work. Schweigart's studio work is often a composite of recollection, field sketches, and camera images combined along with technique and medium to paint specific places, naturalistically. Much of his work is inspired by many road trips to Maine, a favorite place to paint. When in Maine, he usually follows the coastal routes from place to place that provide him with a variety of scenic views with a bonus of early architecture. The rocky landscape and aged subject matter characterize the rugged lifestyle that is often associated with the region and what he enjoys painting.