capturing the light at home & abroad
kerry kupferschmidt & duane barnhart
september 5 - october 31, 2019
Watercolor has been my primary media for many years, since studying for a B.F.A. degree at the University of Minnesota in 1977. I have recently explored acrylics for particular subjects but find myself compelled to return to watercolor. I enjoy the spontaneity of watercolor and readily accept the challenges it presents. I have been more determined of late at growing my skills and improving my work. I have benefited greatly from workshops with David Smith and Andy Evansen in the past year.
My paintings usually start with an idea, a concept for a scene that strikes me as interesting for a painting. I start from photos and sketches and often do a small color sketch to work out the design. If things are coming together a larger painting follows where I let my creativity take over. The better watercolors of mine have a strong design element in addition to a painterly, joyful expression of a scene or wildlife. My recent work expresses the peaceful feel of our location in central Minnesota. Favorite subjects include landscapes, and wildlife in Minnesota and Alaska. After a trip to Prague, Czech Republic and Germany in 2018. I have been working on a series of city scenes expressing the unique character of European architecture.
I show my work in several venues, including with Central Minnesota Watercolorists in St. Cloud, Jaques Art Center in Aitkin and the Crossings Art Alliance in Brainerd. I recently became active in the North Star Water Media group, showing in the Twin Cities. Recent competitive exhibits include: Arts in Harmony International Juried show four years running, Artists of Minnesota Spring show- 2 nd place 2018, North Star Watermedia National show 2016- 2017, Jaques Art Center Juried show 2019, and Red River Watercolor Society, 2015.
I hope you enjoy our exhibit! I am active on social media where I post new work and upcoming exhibits.
I paint watercolors and oil paintings in plein air and in my studio. I am drawn to how much more life a painting has when painted on location. Watercolors can capture the freshness of the moment and oils can present a more in-depth interpretation of the subject. My approach to a scene is similar in composition and brush strokes in both watercolor and oils. I am inspired by the works of J.M.W.Turner, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper and others. I have taken classes and workshops from Malcom Meyers, Tom Lynch, Andy Evansen, Raleigh Kinney and others. My paintings have been in solo, group and national juried exhibits, as well as regional galleries and in private collections.
I live on a picturesque lake near Aitkin MN, and I love capturing the beauty of the scenery in north central Minnesota and I enjoy painting in my studio and participating in plein air painting competitions throughout the region.
The paintings on display represent my interests and travels in recent years. I am drawn to a scene by a combination of light, texture, and a subject that creates a feeling that entcices me to explore it further. What is that spark that causes me to notice something? I attempt to answer it in a painting. The more I paint, the better I get at observing and capturing that spark of interest in a painting.
My paintings reflect the fact that I have been fortunate enough to have painted in Europe and in many picturesque locations throughout mid America. I love to travel and capture that spark of discovery along the way.
I am delighted to participate in this exhibition with my friend, Kerry Kupferschmidt, and I am honored to have my paintings on exhibit with his quality work. I want to especially thank the Great River Arts gallery for considering my work for this exhibit.