Susan Dauphinee and Connie Nelson will exhibit their work in the Cedar Key Arts Center on Saturday, February 4, 2012. There will be an opening from 5-7 pm Saturday, and the exhibit will be shown throughout the month of February. Susan will be in the Main Gallery and Connie will be in the Member`s Gallery.
Painting the landscape is an all consuming, lifelong project for me - once I have reached one level, I am not satisfied to stay there. My work has evolved through the years and will continue to do so. Landscapes can lend its self to powerful interpretive ideas because of it`s colors and textures becoming my own, not dictated by the likeness, just my own limitations. A great painting will have more to say than just a likeness of the subject.
The originality of your work will be the choices you make, the selection of subject, the way you interpret it, accidental happenings or discoveries, what you leave out, emphasize or diminish, and the way you choose to arrange your materials on the surface will attribute to the originality of your work.
The reality of nature is always a consideration in my paintings but reality is never the main focus.
My intentions for each subject that I paint are conditioned by what I see as it`s primary content. Sometime value contrast, an atmospheric condition or the suggestion of depth may be the prime objective for painting a particular landscape. Other times it is simply an emotional involvement with the view I am experiencing. When painting out of the studio I enjoy exploring and pushing myself with a new perception of the same subject I have previously painted many times.
Living on a coastal marsh and also on the Suwannee River provides me with the visual stimulation daily for the images I paint. The rest of the time I travel to find new experiences and inspiration.
My goal is to expressively capture the essence of Florida. My work is characterized by enthusiastic brushwork and impressionistic interpretations of the Florida lakes, rivers, wetlands, and fields with majestic oak trees and palms.