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Kathryn Field: Sandwiched in Seasons
This series of 17 paintings has been created over the past seven months. The body of work looks closely at detail, place, topography of Sandwich and the mountains surrounding it. The four seasons of New England orchestrate how one moves and experiences the landscape.
Each season shapes who we are and how we feel. They are segments of time and states of mind. Each bringing forth a unique perspective on community, self and the possibilities in front of us. I wanted to document and explore the walking paths, roads, hikes and bodies of water that I frequent.
As a painter the quality of light defines how I see and what inspires me most. Light illuminates each season distinctly. The snow in winter allows us to see variations and subtleties of white we can only observe for a few months. The spring is more subtle in its transitions moving from mauve, sap green to silvery blues and blushing soft purples. The summer is ablaze with the boldest and brightest of tone, shade and tints. The warmth of autumn swells with bursts of reds, auburn, ocher, yellow and oranges, bringing us back to the tones of the earth.
The paintings are based on drawing, sketches and photographs that I take as I walk and explore.
There is one painting that is different in this series and speaks to the idea of faith, hope and community. It was something that I simply had to paint. It shows a father and his three children standing on a beach on a gray wintry day holding balloons. It is dedicated to all people that struggle with sadness and fear as we struggle to understand Covid-19 and its ramifications. Painting is a gift that helps me understand the world. In the process of painting I sort out emotions that I cannot form into words. The process soothes my heart and brings joy to my day.