Amapola ‘s featured artists for April are Patrick O’Brien (photography & gallery photographer and lighting assistant) and yours truly, Kristin Parrott (mixed media painting and stone carving, plus blogger in chief and head trainer.)
Pat is a master of Photoshop -enhanced ultra – realistic landscapes and wildlife vignettes. A retired wildlife biologist, Pat brings a scientist’s eye and artist’s sensibility to his subjects. Fierce owls and eagles, formidable bison, shy jackrabbits; doorways, adobes, old trucks — Pat’s fabulous photos run the gamut and do New Mexico proud. Many of his images are infused into aluminium, a process which brings even greater clarity to each photograph.
In Patrick’s words, “if the big three come together – light, angles, and subject – my advice is ‘shoot it!’ I especially enjoy photographing wildlife and nature.”
I, Kristin Parrott, have mostly one thing on my mind just now when it comes to painting: Trees. Bare trees. Trees full of potential, reaching up to Heaven. And sunset skies filled with glorious color as their backdrop. Visual stillpoint and meditation.
My stone carvings of hands and animals are similarly interpretive and evocative rather than realistic. Horses, elephants, birds, bison and assorted other beasts cavort, in a range of sizes and natural colors, including lovely greens.
In my bio I put it like this: “From oil paintings I moved to pen and ink drawings and mixed media landscapes using a mix of watercolor, watercolor pencil and ink. I bring a Celtic sensibility to my stone carvings, specializing in hands and little animals, including bears, birds and frogs of softer stones since I have no interest in the use of power tools.”
My artistic reality is non – reality, in contrast to Pat O’Brien ‘s absolute and loving reality. Not at all a bad combo.
Fittingly for me, at least, our artists ‘ reception, a part of First Friday Artscrawl, takes place on April Fool’s Day, April 1, 2016 from 4-7pm. Come meet the artists and compare and contrast for yourselves.
After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer