Deborah Deery '01 Alumni Online Exhibition 2010
Like traditional landscape painting, most of my pieces contain a foreground, middle ground and background. However, they are relegated to backdrop for the red rocks, boulders and trees which play a much more significant role.
I am intrigued by the vast amount of life that seems to exist in the petrified trees, red rocks of northern Arizona and boulders of the Pacific coast. They coexist with the contrasting continuous motion of the wind, water and day to night sky. Like the tufts of desert grasses, the rocks are the stable, seemingly unchanging elements in an otherwise constantly changing environment forced to interact with the human element.
Currently I am concentrating on the trees of Central Park, and their visual interaction with the architecture of the area.
While I try to create a strong sense of atmosphere through interesting composition and light, I feel it is the use of color that is slightly skewed from realistic, that helps to create subtle surrealism throughout the pieces. My intention is to have the viewer observe the landscapes in a natural setting at various times of day, void of tourists and human contact as they would if visiting directly.