Alla prima is an Italian term which means “at the first” or “at once”. Also known as direct painting, it is a method in which paint is applied wet into wet and the painting is completed in one session. My usual way of painting is to work wet over dry in a multitude of painting sessions spanning a couple of months, allowing dry time in between each session to build up many layers of paint. I wanted to challenge myself to do the opposite. These small alla prima paintings range from 3 1/2 x 5 inches at the smallest up to 6 x 8 inches at the largest.
Trees stand confidently in storms and gather together to give us shelter when we need it. These paintings represent my search for refuge and stillness that only the comfort of nature can provide.
These paintings are inspired by my travels to France. From the architecture of the cities, to Monet's gardens at Giverny, to the lavender fields of the south and everything in-between, the beauty there is endless.
The autumn season demands our visual attention like no other. Trees know they are about to lose their leaves to winter so they transform and come out with colors blazing. I create these paintings to applaud this annual splendor.
This series evolved from two very challenging years that I experienced. I created these paintings to express how that journey felt and also to speak to the resilience and hope needed to endure life’s harder climbs.
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