- By Rob Norwood
- Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Art Exhibit at the Lewisville Branch Library
Landscape Elements is an exhibit of paintings by Nan LaRosee and drawings by Rob Norwood, focusing on landscape. We hope you can stop by the library and enjoy the artwork, which will be on exhibit until February 29.
Please join us for a reception on Saturday January 16, between 12 and 2 pm.
"I always find myself returning to landscape images. I think I am drawn to them because they are usually specific in time and location, and at the same they are a place where your mind can move freely, bringing in any feelings or connections it wants. The landscape images that I feel compelled to paint are places I am very familiar with. I don’t feel the same desire for places I don’t live with, no matter how beautiful. I am drawn to places I see every day, either in my own yard, on my drive to work, or in the downtown area where I work. By the time I make a drawing or take a snapshot to remember the elements in a particular view, I have visited that place many times and been moved by the way the elements stand in relation to one another, the colors, and the way that light hits the terrain, trees, and buildings.
"I conceived these 10 paintings as a group or an album, but the individual images wanted to move in their own directions. Some are more naturalistic, some more delineated, and others looser, almost sketchlike. None of them depict wilderness. The paintings all show places where people have built and altered the landscape to suit human needs and endeavors. The stylistic differences reflect my personal response to the landscape in front of me. I hope the viewer will also have a moment of private response when looking at these paintings."
"I enjoy spending time in the mountains. The drawings in this show are based on photographs that I've taken while hiking or visiting parks in various locations around Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or other locations in the mountains. Sometimes when I begin the process of drawing I alter some of the elements of the composition to create a landscape on the page that feels right to me. I work very slowly, so each drawing can take months to finish. On only one of the images in this show did I actually begin the drawing on site, but finished it later at home. The rest are based on my photographs."