Monday, November 7, 2011

Peyton Klein--Painting Feelings

Summer Party
36"H x 48"W
Acrylic Painting

Peyton Klein lived and breathed art.  It was vital to her life.  Her smooth and sultry Mississippi roots were evident in her spontaneous and exuberent coloristic style.  She began her study of art in the 50's under the tutelage of Jim Yeatts.  Once she started painting there was no stopping her.  Her work was always fresh and  free with a love for life.  Each painting served as a rebirthing process for her.  She gave freely of herself and her ideas and was a pillar of the art community in Roanoke.  In the critique or workshop process she was always willing to encourage her students and fellow artists with thoughtful constructive criticism.  She served as the art critic for the Roanoke Times for many years, she taught at Virginia Western Community College and the Roanoke Fine  Arts Center, and she was one of the co-founders of the Studio School.   She passed on in May of 2005.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Victor Huggins--Inspired by the Virginia Landscape

"Distant Hay Bales Ellett Valley"

Acrylic Painting
36"H x 48"W

This painting was a rare departure from his well known style of stained and lamimated raised relief canvas shapes.  This work exhibits a more traditional approach but maintains the clean crisp atmosphere that is present in his more typical style.

Professor at Virginia Tech for 25 Years
Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
His Paintings are in more than 400 Collections including the Smithsonian Institute
He always inspired his students and fellow artist to think creatively and he made great strides in expanding the art curriculum at Virginia Tech.
His influence was felt in the art community far beyond Southwest Virginia.

More About Ron Boehmer & Virginia Landscapes

Spring Pasture Near Goode
oil painting on canvas
framed size: 19" H x 21"W

Bedford County VA

MFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1975
BFA, cum laude, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1971

Selected Shows
Cudahy's Gallery, Callin McJunkin Gallery, Sweet Briar College, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Greenville Museum of Fine Art, Chrysler Museum, McKissick Museum University of SC Columbia SC, Smoyer Gallery Roanoke College, Appalachain State University Boone NC, Virginia Historical Society Richmond VA
"Ron Boehmer paints the quiet moments. His subtle and meditative landscapes depict not so much documentation of place, as the spirituality behind and in and around the images. Ordinary byways, river and creek beds, backwoods, and open meadows are interpreted without fanfare, but with a quiet dignity that suggests the eternity present in every moment.
Though deeply influenced by such 19th century landscape painters as David Johnson, Russell Smith and Theodore Robinson, Boehmer's work also reflects the influence of his teacher and this century's noted dean of American landscape painting, Neil Welliver. Boehmer's work manifests the dual influences of the 19th century approach to the spirituality and grandeur of nature, and respect for an agrarian lifestyle and Welliver's 20th c. innovations. Welliver's work, influenced by such important 20th c. painters as Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning, introduced new elements of abstraction and abstract expressionism into traditional American landscape painting.
Boehmer's paintings offer a unique synthesis of these diverse influences, with particular interest in capturing light, attendant atmospheric conditions, and in describing the abstract patterning inherent in nature. The inviting interior woodlands, open meadows, farmland and cityscapes in his adopted home in the Virginias are the subject of Boehmer's most recent explorations.
Boehmer has taught painting in Virginia for more than 20 years and has exhibited extensively in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Since 1984, he has participated in over 50 juried shows and exhibitions, receiving more than 40 awards in painting and drawing. Boehmer's more recent noteworthy exhibitions include "Myth, Memory, and Imagination: Selections from the Julia J. Norrell Collection" at the McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina in Columbia, which traveled to the North Dakota Museum of Art, and The Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, and "The Virginia Landscape", an exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society surveying more than 200 years of artistic interpretation of the Virginia landscape.
His works are in numerous private and corporate collections, including Hollins University, Nations Bank, the University of Virginia Medical Center, and the United States Embassy Saudi Arabia."
                                                                                                                     quote from
                                                                                                                 Callen McJunkin Art Gallery

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ron Boehmer Virginia Landscape Artist

"Distant Storm, Divided Herd"

Ron Boehmer
oil painting on canvas       36"H x 96"W

This Oil Painting is a rare find. 
The location is Amherst County, Virginia.
The surface quality of the paint is flawless.
A landscape painting of this size and quality with the narrative element is unique.
This work is a contemporary masterpiece, classic and traditional.

Artist Statement

"The intention in all my work is to address the formal issues of painting, specifically, and the visual language paradigm, generally. In other words, the effort is to explore and understand or "realize the nature of painting." At the same time I seek to record a specific visual and "feeling" response to the natural world; to light, to atmosphere, space, color, shape, form, and the symbolic, unique, or archetypal character of the subject matter. My paintings are intended to be expressions of the nature of Nature, the nature of painting, the nature of "sense of place and time," and the nature of the experience of "Being."
In general I prefer to work from direct observation. With regard to landscape this means working on location. I will usually try to finish each plein air painting in one session, although occasionally a painting will require two or more sessions on-site. These are usually oils on paper, or on canvas or masonite. While these plein air paintings are used as the source material for larger studio paintings, they are intended to be complete statements rather than "studies."
In addition to the plein air work I make larger scale paintings in the studio, based upon the on-site paintings and studies, but dependent more on working from memory of the plein air painting experience than direct blow-up of the smaller works. The studio paintings often involve a more reflective and analytical approach to the compositions than I have time for in the field studies. The paint surface and brushstroke elements also often differ as the larger works involve layering and "building-in" color in a manner that is somewhat different than in the more spontaneous plein air work."
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