New Links – Wonderful Artists

Please check out the newest additions to the Blogroll here at JordanCornblog.

You can browse and get a taste of Margaret McWethy’s artwork.  Margaret is a wonderful artist whose work reflects her love of color, light, and the objects in her world.  Following is biographical information from one of her shows:

“Margaret McWethy is an Impressionist painter with a lifelong interest in art and the natural world. She paints the scenes that surround her, but her real subjects are the brilliance of light and the rhythms of nature.

“Margaret studied art history and biology at Swarthmore College. Since graduating in 1977 she has sought teachers who base their art on training, careful observation and understanding. Nationally known portrait artist, Cedric Egeli, master colorist, Henry Henche, Impressionist, John Ebersberger and sculptors, David Farrell and Stephen Perkins have all been influential teachers who have helped Margaret learn the skills and discipline she needs to express her personal view of nature. Though their disciplines are different-drawing, painting, and three-dimensional form- their philosophies are similar: only through diligent development of vision can truth be re-created. The pursuit of knowledge to enhance her ‘seeing’ of the world has become an ongoing journey for Margaret.

“Margaret’s background in the sciences tends to make her approach a blend of the analytical and the intuitive. “I like the idea of reducing things into parts to see how they work, then reconstructing and editing, not with the object of reducing problems to formulas but to reach some real understanding with which one can then begin to create.”

“Margaret McWethy is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband and young son. Margaret teaches workshops at The Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown and she is also featured in two books, Painting the Impressionist Landscape by Lois Griffel and Capturing Radiant Color in Oils by Susan Sarbeck. Margaret’s work has been exhibited internationally.”

Following the call of a different muse is Brian Dickerson.  His compelling work is abstract and full of feeling … as noted in the following review excerpted from the Philadelphia Inquirer: 

The subdued and vaguely mystical paintings that Brian Dickerson is showing at the Mangel Gallery evoke the Schoharie Valley west of Albany, N.Y., where he grew up. Specifically, the paintings refer to the Helderberg escarpment, which runs through the region.

The references are oblique because the paintings, all on wood constructions, are abstract. Assembled from pieces of aged wood, with tiny compartments cut into their faces, they project the character of reliquaries.  The “relics” in this case are the artist’s memories of his boyhood in a geographically striking and archaeologically fertile place.

Dickerson achieves spiritual resonance less through form than through color, or the lack of it.  His most effective paintings are done in soft black, dark brown, gray and bronze, all of which impart sober religiosity. 

Flashes of color, such as scarlet or bright green, enliven several works, and several others are done mainly in lighter hues such as yellow or pale peach and white. Yet the darker ones carry more emotional weight because they appear to be more deeply felt, or remembered.

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