The Ascension Series of contemporary American Landscape paintings was
inspired by the vast bold landscapes and skies of summer on the Great Plains.
There are many influences that go into this series. I read a poem once that had
a line that said, "the sky was full of blue, and full of the mind of God". The
huge expansiveness of the Great Plains Landscape reminds us that there is
something grander then us, something deeper and more comforting and yet
awesome. There is a simplicity to the land on first glance but then translates
to wonderous nuances of complexity as we sit with it all. These paintings have
often been called Zen like.
The series is also about painting, and the influences felt from a
range of artists before me. I find it a
wonderfully enjoyable challenge to take the invigoration of a huge landscape and
then turn that inspiration into an image that regards the formal elements of
picture plane, materials, design and color and the paint itself.
One of the pieces, "Big Ascension", was part the recent, Contemporary American
Landscape Paintings Exhibition in Annapolis, MD. The exhibition was curated by Joann
Moser, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian's American Museum of Art. That was a
nice honor. Contact Stan Hennigh Fine Art about any of these paintings.
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