River Life Collection
A collection of encaustic paintings inspired by the eastern river waterways
”A river doesn’t just carry water, it carries life.”
– Amit Kalantri
I’ve always been fascinated with rivers. They’re a place where I can sit, quiet my thoughts, and ponder life for a blissful moment. I think of how a river is constantly changing and admire its slow, steady, determined flow to its destination. Unlike streams that are rushing, jumping, churning; the river has grown up and knows where its going and how to get there.
This collection of encaustic mixed media paintings is inspired by river waterways located around the east coast, USA. The majority of the imagery is from the Northern Neck region of coastal Virginia where I spent some time this year. During my visits there, I recorded its beautiful scenery through photographs and plein air studies that I used to create larger works with encaustic in the studio. My intent was to capture not only the beauty of the river landscape, but also a sense of its vibrant life. At times the river appears like a dream as it wears its mysterious cloak of fog in the early morning hours. Other times, it’s moving, lively, and bright in the mid-day sun. My favorite hours on the river are at dusk where I feel the sleepy serenity of nightfall and hear ospreys’ distant calls as the sun begins to set.
The collection could be viewed as a travel guide that tells a story of life on the river. My trademark style of using vivid color, dramatic texture, and luminosity adds an emotive quality to each piece.
Rivers will always be my chosen sanctuary when life becomes too turbulent. I hope this collection inspires you to visit a nearby river and experience their powerful presence for yourself.
If you have any questions about a specific piece, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I hope you enjoy the collection!
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“Rivers are places that renew our spirit, connect us with our past, and link us directly with the flow and rhythm of the natural world.”
– Ted Turner
“Be like a river. Be open. Flow.”
– Julie Connor
”You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.”
– Jim Harrison
“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretence and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”
– Maya Angelou
This collection is currently exhibited at Allure Art Center in White Stone, VA. from June 9, to the end of July, 2022. If you are interested in a painting, please contact Allure Art Center directly through this link. They will be happy to assist you with your inquiry and purchase. Paintings can either be picked up at the gallery or at my studio in Purcellville, VA, 37949 Sayre Ct, Purcellville, VA, at the end of June or July.