On September 6th the latest exhibition, Terrain // A Landscape Collective opened at the ANFA Gallery. The group exhibition features the work of eight artists (Stuart Coleman Budd, Sarah Gayle Carter, Bethanne Kinsella Cople, Millie Gosch, Sandy Ostrau, Robert Roth, Charlotte Terrell and Sally Veach) and shows classic landscape scenes through both contemporary and traditional perspectives.
Summer Marsh 4
Roth grew up in the historic seaside village of Cold Spring Harbor, New York. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Robert studied painting under Thomas Sgouros. He also had the opportunity to study with master, Claes Oldenberg. Robert approaches his work by inventing from nature, “ I like to be spontaneous, by abstracting the forms I try to create a sense of mood and atmosphere.” He combines a variety of textures and shapes blended with quick brush strokes to achieve a sense of lost and found. Throughout his travels, he is always recording from life. Roth is also particularly inspired by the likes of Degas, Vuillard, Diebenkorn, and Picasso.
Sally Veach is a contemporary painter exploring landscape and aspects of humanity in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Born and raised in New Jersey, Veach spent summers and school vacations at her mother’s ancestral home of Woodstock, VA in the Shenandoah Valley. There she enjoyed an abundance of time running barefoot through fields of grass and “stickers” and building forts out of hay bales in historic barns with her many cousins.
With the benefit of several years of private art lessons as a child, Veach went on to earn BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and worked in the field of graphic arts. She settled down in that same town where her ancestors lived, and a large clan of relatives still live in Shenandoah County. During the time of raising children Veach devoted all to their care, but in 2012 she reconnected with her identity as an artist and began painting again.
“I love to paint from life and I love to be outdoors, so naturally painting en plain air is a good fit for my art. During the spring and fall, I spend a lot of time painting field studies. From those studies, I paint larger pieces in the studio. I don’t use photographs at all. I paint what I know, and what I love is nature. My favorite subjects are big open fields, sunrises, sunsets, trees, the low country, and the southland. I use a limited palette of primary colors. In my work I strive to bring my viewer into the painting and let them make it their own experience.” – Millie Gosch.
Spirit of the Season
After receiving her degree in Landscape architecture from the University of Georgia in 1980, Charlotte Terrell began work as a landscape architect for New York City Parks, involving the restoration of 19th century landscapes of Central Park and other historic landscapes. She apprenticed with master finisher, Ina Marks, of the Isabel O’Neil School of Antique and Art Restoration, to learn the craft of mid 19th century decorative painting.
Sarah Gayle Carter
I used to design things. Custom rugs mostly. Also mirrors, lamps, plates, furniture, and even scarves. The years spent in the high end home furnishings market trained my eye and taught me much about the detail and discipline required to develop design strong enough to translate through the many phases of development from sketch to final manufactured product.
But now I paint. My designer eye responds to line, form, and certainly color. I look for the color and structure hiding beneath the surface of things. I push the world I see into an abstracted, but recognizable play of color, texture and geometry – a fresh, fun, modern take on the classic genre of landscape painting. I plan a little, play a lot, listen to music and let my instincts lead the way – this is about joy!
Fields to Sea
“In each of my paintings my goal is to capture the essential elements of a particular time and place, but in a process of reduction so that where and when it was it painted becomes irrelevant. I begin by drawing the details and information that I see in nature plein-air. I then begin to pare down the image in order to organize the design of the painting and eliminate what is not essential. I call my paintings Modern Landscapes with a nod to the modernist painters of the mid century in the Bay Area. My figurative work similarly is an attempt to capture the gesture of the figure. These begin with drawings of live models, from which I hope to tell the story of what the model is doing rather than who the model is. The figures are not identifiable other than in their body language. I then try to apply the same techniques of composition and color I use for landscapes to achieve a similar concept of design.” – Sandy Ostrau
In Me Thou’st See The Twilight of Such Day
Bethanne Kinsella Cople
“I love painting the landscape en plein air. In the outdoors you can incorporate not only what you see, but the sounds and the smells of the landscape. All of this lets me convey the sense of wonder that I feel at the subject.” Bethanne has painted in blizzards in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, on steep cliffs in Monhegan Island, Maine, in strong gales along the rugged northern California coast and the sanctuary of summer and winter on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Potomac River in Virginia, and the east end of Long Island, NY. “I love being in the outdoors painting. It rejuvenates me in a way painting in the studio can’t.”
Stuart Coleman Budd
Budd grew up in Charlotte, N.C. His dedication to art began as early as kindergarten, when he would often skip recess to finish painting. At Myers Park High School he studied with the iconic Dean Barber, earning scholarships to several schools and eventually selecting Ohio’s Columbus College of Art and Design. He later studied at the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Charlotte.
The exhibition runs through October 6th.