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November Featured Artist. Marsha Boston.

November might just be my favorite month.. shhh, don’t tell October!  So it’s only fitting to give you one of my favorite artists as the Featured Artist for the month of November!  California artist Marsha Boston is a painter after my own heart, exploring the wonders of plant life and how we might live in harmony with our botanical neighbors.

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A while back, Mr. F and I listened to a fascinating BBC story on the concept of “rewilding“.  Listening to these experts talk about the positive changes that occur when once developed land is allowed to return to its wild state definitely led to some interesting conversation and thoughts about how we impact our environment now and how we might in the future.  Mr. F observed what an incredible amount of hubris it takes on the part of man to think he can do better than nature. Marsha’s work is often focused on how we define our relationship to nature.  Are we here to serve or be served?

To see more of Marsha Boston‘s work, please visit her website.  Her beautiful paintings will grace the Artsy Forager Facebook cover and I’ll be sharing more of Marsha’s work on other Artsy Forager social media all month long.  Make sure you’re following along!

All images are via the artist’s website.

October Featured Artist. Raquel Edwards.

I’m sure you didn’t think I’d be back so soon and this is just a momentary pop-in.  But I couldn’t let a new month dawn without bringing you a new Featured Artist!  When first we met October Featured Artist, Raquel Edwards, it was almost exactly three years ago and she was exploring beauty through the lens of a camera rather than a canvas.

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Artists are driven by the need to explore and express and Raquel is no exception.  Switching from photography to painting, she’s now discovering new techniques and means of visualization digging into the nature of cognition.  The shapes she presents are somewhat familiar, yet just foreign enough that we can draw our own conclusions as to the meaning of their presence.

To see more of Raquel Edwards’ work, please visit her website.  One of her gorgeous encaustic paintings is gracing the Artsy Forager Facebook page all month long and I’ll be sharing favorites of Raquel’s work as often as I can on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Overwhelming Landscapes. Paco Pomet.

Being out in the woods or hiking in the mountains can be an intimidating experience.  It is when we are in the enormity of the wilderness that we realize how very small and insignificant we are.   These paintings by Spanish artist Paco Pomet seem to have that same feeling of being in the midst of an overwhelming landscape.

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Mountains take over offices and pink clouds engulf a riverscape as Pomet uses carefully placed color to emphasize the distinction between man and panorama.  Each painting has an incredible sense of scope and depth, so that the feeling of the immensity of the earth is readily apparent.

To see more of Paco Pomet‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via The Artful Desperado.

A Little Night Magic. Sarah Shaw.

In our travels, Mr. F and I have seen some beautiful sights from the highway.  During our time in Yosemite, we often found ourselves driving through the park from the valley up to our campground after nightfall.  There was something that completely enchanted me about the mountains silhouetted against the night sky and the way the headlights lit up the trees to a surprisingly bright green.  In these paintings from her Roads and Carousel series, UK artist Sarah Shaw captures that magic to be found in the night.

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These paintings seem to glow with that mystical light that happens when the landscape is lit artificially, spotlighting small sections and leaving others to blackness.  How true that seems sometimes in life.. we focus our light, our attention on what is in front of us, the needs of that moment, while the periphery waits in silence for its turn.

To see more of Sarah Shaw‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Conjured Childhoods. Hannah Lewis Davies.

Isn’t it funny how selective our memories of childhood can be?  How some moments seem so vivid while others are barely recalled?  UK artist Hannah Lewis Davies‘ paintings explore those fleeting memories as well as the imaginary worlds we create in childhood.

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I have a feeling that being with my mom will bring back a lot of childhood memories.  It’s funny that what I remember most about my mom from childhood aren’t necessarily memories of her specifically, though she was a constant, caring presence, but it’s more her things.  I remember being fascinated with her jewelry and shoes.  It was the 70s and my mom had amazing taste in shoes!  Wedges to die for!  And there were the books and clothes, especially one filmy peignoir that I would wear and imagine myself as a princess or an actress accepting the Academy Award.  Without even realizing it, she set up a world that opened up my imagination– one where I could discover and reinvent myself, surround myself with beauty, go on adventures.  As an adult, I’m still striving to do all those things, but she planted the seed.

To see more of Hannah Lewis Davies‘ work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Saatchi Online.

Piles of Pieces. M Michael Smith.

I like to think of life like a puzzle.  We are given all these disjointed bits yet they fit together in a way that is unique to our own personality and experience.  These collages by Cincinnati artist M Michael Smith remind me that though we may draw from similar backgrounds, our piles of pieces are only our own.

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As we grow and mature, we add to our “piles” and though the pieces being added might be similar to others’, our pile is particular to us.  That piece that peeks out from the bottom of your pile, significant, but only barely, maybe at the top and center of my heap.  In his artist statement, M Michael Smith reveals that touch is central to his work.  I’m of course giving my own interpretation, seeing these collages as symbols not of physical touch but of how our lives are touched and molded by experience.

To see more of M Michael Smith‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

About Face. Harding Meyer.

In the physical absence of a loved one, photographs can be an only slightly adequate substitute.  We can see a familiar face, but we can’t watch it change with expression or see it shifting slightly with age.  In his work, artist Harding Meyer paints faces once frozen in  photographs, but now isolated and animated in paint.

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The faces stare out, almost pleading for connection.  How often do we look directly into another’s eyes in the course of our day?  Maybe we stare into our partner’s eyes without inhibition, but do we ever really look into the eyes of strangers?  Are we so scared of what we may see looking back?

To see more of Harding Meyer‘s work, please visit his website.

Images are via the artist’s website and the website of his representing gallery, Galerie Voss.

For Real Life. Andrea Brown.

Life is rarely neat and orderly.  Like a bride in a Taco Bell drive thru, we find ourselves is weird positions and unexpected places.  These paintings by artist Andrea Brown offer an elegant look at the surprising strangeness of life.

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Sometimes, we’re moving along, everything calm and monotonous even, but then something remarkable happens to surprise us.  Maybe a butterfly comes through an open window and greets you or you spot a hint of green vine slowly creeping its way up a lonely wall.  These are the moments that we sometimes overlook, but the ones that layer our lives with joy, that let us break for smiles in what is often too much drudgery.  I’ll be on the lookout for surprises this weekend, will you?

To see more of Andrea Brown‘s work, please visit the Salt Fine Art website.

All images are via the Salt Fine Art website.

Pure Process. Rose Masterpol.

Most artist statements today are filled with thoughts on motivation and meaning.  I think we’ve somehow become uncomfortable with the idea of just making art for the sake of creating.  There must be some kind of deep intellectual thought behind those marks!  And perhaps there always is on one level.  For an artist like Rose Masterpol, the reason they create is for the pure pleasure of the process.

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The advent of photography freed painters from the need to represent.  We can, instead, fully revel in the action and process of the painting itself.  Full immersion into pure expression, building layer upon layer of mark and color until what we see is fully pleasing to the artist’s eye.  The viewer then, is left to find what it is that those marks mean to them, engaging the outsider with the intimate creation.

To see more of Rose Masterpol’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Spun. Nike Schroeder.

Some people find horizontal lines soothing.  Maybe I’m weird, but I almost always prefer vertical lines.  Perhaps a nod to the soaring peaks of the mountains I love so much?  Textile artist Nike Schroeder takes full advantage of verticality in her string sculptures and I can’t get enough of them.

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The tactile quality of the string and the way it hangs seems to give a nod in my eye to indigenous garments and weavings.  There is also an intriguing sense of color field painting to each piece, as the individual string colors shift gradually, almost imperceptibly to create depth, line and shadow.  The nature lover in me sees moss silently drooping in fog, a waterfall cascading over a cliffside.  Silent representations of a world of life.

To see more of Nike Schroeder’s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via The Jealous Curartor for The Fig House with Emily Henderson.

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