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K
at Dennis
says that she wants viewers to feel
“as though they are standing in Colorado”
when they look at the photographs she takes of
the state that has been her home for her entire life.
Because of that, she uses the tools offered by digital
photography with a very light hand. “I like to give
the world the natural pieces of nature,” Kat notes,
and she makes sure that the digital manipulations
of her images are mostly limited to cropping or
noise reduction (i.e., getting rid of dirt, specks of
dust, etc.).
Presenting the details large and small in Colorado’s
broad vistas is central to the power of her
photographs. Whether she is capturing the arc of
a lightning bolt as it crosses a night sky or zeroing
in on two small birds in midflight, Kat Dennis knows how to use light, composition and focus to bring out the story
within each picture. She is particularly good at drawing out the textures that nature offers the camera, making a range of
mountain peaks distinct from the similarly colored clouds behind them or defining each petal in a field of sunflowers. “I
want people to remember the beauty we have here,” the photographer says, and her images vividly create such memories.
Sunflower Sunset Digital Photography 20” x 30”
Kat Dennis
N
ature provides the inspiration for
Marianne
Eichenbaum
’s lush, boldly colored images, but
the artist is not content to merely record nature and
leave it at that. She wants her works to go below the
surface of the flowers and landscapes she depicts.
Saying that it is not enough to merely “put color on
the canvas,” she adds that she wants to “produce a
recognizable meaning behind the painting,” to fill
each image with a sense of love and emotion that
can be directly felt by the viewer.
The artist works in a broad range of styles, from
exact representations of flowers to brooding
abstract patterns. She also uses a wide variety of
media—from acrylics and oils to watercolors and
pastels—but notes that she prefers to work in oils.
That preference for oils is reflected in her tendency
to use rich colors in her paintings, giving each of her
images a full-bodied, strongly physical presence. Her dynamic compositions magnify that sense of the physical. The
artist’s energetic brushstrokes and the powerful arcs of movement in her works make even the most abstract image come
thoroughly alive. Even when she is creating pure areas of color, there is a feeling of three-dimensionality that powerfully
draws us into her world.
Lost Piano Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas 18” x 24”
Marianne Eichenbaum
Message from Above Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 30”
A
s
Tania Doucet
paints her vividly bold and lively works in acrylic on
canvas, sailboats, lighthouses, and other structures are energetically
arched and contorted into new forms, taking on personalities of their
own as they interact in new and surprising ways. Within her whimsical
seaside dreamscapes Doucet builds refuges of serenity fashioned from
a playfully surrealistic twist on reality.
A passion for color is at the heart of Doucet’s art, as shapes and hues
drawn from nature are focused and intensified creating a vibrant and
visually invigorating exploration of the world.
Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Doucet began as a classically trained
pianist and organist through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Doucet
lives on Prince Edward Island and seasonally in Venice, FL, exhibiting
locally while challenging perceptions of coastal art.
Tania Doucet
J
ane Coco Cowles
’ sophisticated digital images combine playful
content with a refined aesthetic. Though the pieces are clearly made
on a computer, the artist’s hand is proudly self-evident. Cowles’ imagery
is stylized – bright colors, a flattened field of vision, and often featuring
no background at all – but she manages to retain a remarkable amount
of detail, ensuring that her characters are idiosyncratic rather than
archetypal.
In much the same way, the content of each piece takes a familiar sight
and inserts an unusual twist. Some works turn on a visual pun, some
reimagine visual tropes, and some illustrate an emotion in a deceptively
simple, heartfelt way. All pieces are infused with unassuming charm and
respect.
Cowles currently lives in New York. She is also an accomplished children’s
author and illustrator.
Doors of Mcdougal
Digital Print on Ultra Foam Board 37” x 48”
Jane Coco Cowles
H
eebeom Park
’s lively abstract paintings combine form and
exploration with material experimentation. The paintings, which are
actually composed of oil, acrylic, oil stick, pencil and mixed media, have
a spontaneity of construction about them. Paint is smooth, dripped,
and caked all on the same canvas. Park builds up meandering lines
and organic, almost-recognizable forms out of thick whorls of paint to
create movement within these objects, and to allow light to truly dance
within the textures. The scenes themselves are full of such remarkable
shapes, shifting lines, and colorful, flattened backgrounds that seem to
be leapfrogging around Park’s unconventional compositions.
Park was born in South Korea and today lives in the United States.
He has called his guiding artistic principle “the harmony of contrary
things.”
Heebeom Park
Untitled 2-05
Oil & Acrylic with Mixed Media on Canvas 24” x 48”
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