Artist Statement for Recent Works Show

May 7th, 2018
I will be the featured artist at Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery in Bedford, NH from May 12 through June 30, 2018. This statement refers to the images in that show. To see what else in the show, please click here.

“Noble Nanuk I” Mixed media on metal panel, 24 x 18″ plus double frame

Even though I didn’t last very long as a girl scout, I do remember a song they taught us: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold.” This simple little ditty sums up this show for me — revisiting some favorite themes while also exploring new ones.

Re-doing subjects that I had done in the past is kind of fun. It was interesting to see how my style has evolved. Lately I have been layering color using lots of transparent glazes, which combined with the metal panels underneath creates a brighter overall pop. I am really into layering textures and colors these days — I find it very entertaining!

“Totemic” Acrylic on panel, 36 x 36″ plus frame

The two horses in this show represent a combination of very new and very old approaches to a long-loved subject. Horses are, in fact, how I first got into art. My grandfather, a horse-racing aficionado, taught me to read the racing form when I was about 10 years old. Growing up in Brooklyn, this was the closest I could get to horses but like most girls my age, I fell instantly in love with them. I found a book in the library about Triple Crown winners and started copying the beautiful graphite portraits of Man O’ War and Whirlaway and the other gorgeous thoroughbreds. My mom was so impressed with them that she immediately signed me up for art classes. These pieces are based on a gorgeous Lusitano stallion who lived down the road from me.

“Young Queen of Stellwagen” Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″ plus frame

And then there are the whales, which are my latest obsession. As you may or may not know, I had the great good fortune to go swim with humpback whales in the Dominican Republic this past winter. It was enchanting to say the least! As I learn more and more about these fascinating animals, I just want to dive deeper and deeper into this subject. So this is just the beginning of what I hope will be a beautiful friendship.

In these turbulent times, I find great comfort in nature and my art. I hope they bring you some joy as well.

Please visit my website at www.rosemaryconroyart.com to see all of my latest paintings and thanks again for your interest!

 

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