Finding Daphne by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith

July 7 - July 27, 2017

Reception: July 7, 2017; 6 - 9pm

In both painting and sculpture, my work has always explored the powerful sensuality of nature.

Primarily I use the flow and detail of the paint stroked surface and a limited palette to create the dimensionality of the forms that fascinate me. I strive to distill their essence and communicate that to the viewer. Whether the work is created from my imagination or directly from life, it is through the sensuality of my chosen medium that I hope to draw the viewer into my world.

My current series of paintings, made at the end of 2013 and into 2014 is called ‘Finding Daphne’.  Started with my photographs of nearby Crepe Myrtle trees and is based on the myth of the nymph, Daphne, who was chased by Apollo, but saved from rape as Zeus turned her into a tree. The very erotic forms to be found in these trees prompted my idea for the series.  I am using a small format and painting in gouache, as I love the velvety surface, and am aiming at creating an  intense viewer experience.

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