Nature Divine: Landscape Paintings of the American West

November 3 – December 10, 2016

“With nature as my subject, I am never short of rich material from which to draw.  I do think, however, that this exhibition marks a shift in my attention. I am eager to paint more moonlight paintings, just to explore the quality of mystery that moonlight provides. It also allows the paintings to become less about a specific place and more an emotional or interior landscape of sorts.  The last three years was an incredible opportunity to focus entirely on my paintings.  What I found was that not only did I respond to the particular idiosyncrasies of the landscape, but that I was able to further explore the idea of personal narrative as applied to landscape painting. In short, I use the language of landscape painting as a metaphor for autobiographical narratives.” -Phyllis Shafer