The abstract paintings of New Hampshire Art Association artist Barbara Albert will be on display at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce through Sept. 19, in an exhibit titled, “Water’s Edge”.
“I am fascinated by the place where land meets water,” Albert said. “Sometimes it is a subtle, changing transition between fluid and solid. In other places, it is obscured by rocks as in New England coastlines where it changes with tides and storms.”
In painting these demarcations, Albert tries to capture the colors created by both elements – not as a camera would record them, but as their natural qualities might be seen through an artist’s eyes. “By painting abstractly, I create visual ‘puzzles’ that engage viewers to discover the unintended images that speak to them,” Albert said. “I find familiar ‘places’ in the colors, textures and shapes my palette knives create and let them tell their own stories.”
Her recent paintings of sky/sea/landscapes suggest how people and urban industries have changed New England’s natural settings with habitats, harbors and bridges. “I believe there is beauty in both the natural and the man-made,” Albert said.
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