JoAnne Houlsen

 

Since coming to Maine over 30 years ago, I have been fascinated with the land. When I walk across a hay field, or through the forest, or when I visit untouched coastal regions, my senses become keenly aware of my surroundings. At times the clouds are moving so quickly I feel I might be caught up in one and whisked away. At other times, walking through a sun-drenched summer field with golden grasses, wildflowers and the drone of insects, I become still and listen to the orchestrated day. It is these sensual experiences that I strive to capture in my paintings.

I paint in a contemporary realistic style, not quite impressionism and not quite photorealism. By applying thin layers of paint and gradually building up the surface of the image with glazes, I am able to work on the painting over a period of time and, by so doing, can change the mood of the painting to reflect what I am feeling at a particular moment. I paint almost exclusively in the studio using photographs that I take as visual references for my paintings.

 

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