I am interested in painting as it helps me remember. Remembering a sense of place or a feeling of color is possible when I paint, not in a literal way as in realism or photography, but rather in expressive painting, using tones and masses of paint to evoke the memories of a place. As I paint, the images evolve and recall places I know, like the Texas Coast or New Mexico or Vermont. Often, the painting will reveal a feeling that I experienced at a certain moment as I stood on the beach or walked through a field. Painting becomes, for me, a way of remembering.

The paintings in Lanscapes were completed in 2006. Most of the pieces were worked in a series, painting one after another. They were painted entirely from memory and in my studio. The use of acrylic paint is new to me and I am pleased with the freshness of the color and brush strokes. The large oil paintings in this show were completed over an extended period of time and have the advantage of layers of paint and revision that is so like my own way of thinking about life.


Charlotte Seifert
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