Wednesday, September 22, 2010

12x12 Artist: Carol Beesley

Carol Beesley, Ridge Top, Echo Canyon, NM
Q: Tell us how you created this piece.

Beesley: Ridge Top, Echo Canyon, NM was one of several versions referenced from the same photograph.  This practice began years ago during which I used postcards from the '30s and '40s to do a whole series of paintings of the Grand Canyon. Sometimes I used the same postcard again and again, changing the color but always keeping the characteristic forms.  I have many albums of postcards and   photographs. I'm constantly looking through the albums for new takes on old friends. 

Q: How is this work similar to or different from your other artwork?

Beesley: The style in Ridge Top is, I'm told, very distinctive.  Bright colors and veracity of structure are two qualities of my landscape paintings. 

Q: In what upcoming venues might audiences be able to see your work?

Beesley: See new paintings of Quartz Mountain at the JRB Gallery until August 27th.   In May 2011, I will be again be joined by Alan Atkinson in exhibitions of new work at MAINSITE in Norman.   At 6 pm Friday, May 27th, 2011, as part of “Art After Hours" at the Fred Jones Museum of Art, I will talk about the photographs of Frederick Sommer.

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