Meet The Artist Mixer
Friday ~ May 5, 2017 ~ 7pm-9pm
Not just any flowers. Not just any trees.
My paintings are often my childhood memories preserved on canvas...a still life of my father staking the leaning, blossom-laden peony bushes. Or my mother cutting and wrapping the peony blooms for teacher bouquets. Or me, feeling the ants creeping down along my limbs as I walk to school.
Once upon a time, our small Michigan backyard of childhood was a safe haven of trees, flowers, walking paths, and sprouting fruits and vegetables. Summer travels with seven siblings to my grandfather's cottage extended that floral landscape with a water view, majestic trees, swamps and hiking trails.
I am driven by my personal scrapbook of emotions, an escape back in time, a safe refuge against despair. I aspire to connect the natural world with the joy of family, the comfort of home, and the quiet calm of beauty.
With brush and palette knife in hand, I use colorful, fluid acrylics to capture nature through my childhood lens. I strive to communicate its timelessness and grace.
Not just any flowers. Not just any trees. Sharlene Welton, 2016