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Sandra Mueller-Dick
T
he rock formations along the Maine coast provide
a starting point for
Sandra Mueller-Dick
’s new
paintings. But the artist moves far past that beginning
by transforming those rugged landscapes into striking
abstract images. Using oils and acrylics on wood and
paper, she creates rhythmic patterns, taking the energy
found in nature and re-making it into something
personal and emotional. Those emotions are never
firmly set, however. There is an open-endedness to
them, a freedom that allows the viewer to become
an active participant in creating the meaning of each
image. “My goal,” she says, “is always both to portray
and evoke emotion, encouraging viewers to interpret
what they see for themselves and experience their
own emotional response.”
Mueller-Dick achieves that goal by making images
that speak directly to our innermost realizations,
addressing those thoughts and feelings that mold our world. She employs a bold color palette, setting up strong contrasts
that generate powerful vibrations. She then matches the power of her colors with the strength of her compositions,
engaging the senses in a way that is constantly surprising. Having been a gallery instructor at Boston’s Museum of Fine
Arts for many years, she has developed a strong talent for communicating, one which finds a fitting outlet in these images.
Life Line Mixed Media on Paper 24” x 32”
F
or
Stuart L. Gordon
, capturing extraordinary
light is the basis of photography. Because of that,
his images have their beginnings in finding just the
right light. “Most often,” he says, “that means the
light of sunset and sunrise, as well as before and
after storms.” It is only after discovering that light
that he searches for subject material, locating the
places and people that can be best illuminated by
it. Shooting primarily in natural light, he focuses
on communicating the essence of the landscapes
he photographs. With a finely balanced sense of
composition and a strong ability to use color and
light for dramatic impact, Gordon successfully
captures those landscapes as well as transforming
them into pieces of his personal vision.
A self-taught photographer, Gordon is well versed
in all aspects of the medium — from the filters he uses to bring high-contrast images into the range of his camera to the
techniques involved in combining several images together into a multiple exposure. But though he is adept at employing
post-processing software such as Photoshop, he only uses it to heighten the qualities found in the raw footage he shoots.
“My goal,” he says, “is to share with the viewer my deepest emotional response to the scene.”
Mist Rising Photographic Print on Fine Art Paper 16” x 24”
Stuart L. Gordon
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