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Randy Eckard and Julianne Garvey - 'Works on Paper'
On Exhibit February 5 - February 28 at Richard Boyd Art Gallery
About the Artists
Randy Eckard studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Caroline. Randy says, "My approach to watercolor painting is nontraditional, in that I try to avoid the limitations and trappings of traditional watercolor techniques. Although traditional washes are an integral part of the painting process, I rely more on the layering of color with glazing and dry brush work. Moving between wet and dry on the same piece of paper achieves a variety of complimentary surfaces, which allows for the luminous quality of watercolor with added depth of color and texture. Light plays an essential role in my paintings. It is as if the subtle or dramatic interplay of light and shawdow become the subject more than the objects themselves. Light reveals the character, color, and texture of objects, whether man-made or natural. The alteration of lighted and shawdowed planes produces powerful repeated patterns and can be an important element of design. Subject matter has always been of paramount importance to me, especially with its tendency to come unexpectedly. Quiet, patient observation will almost always reveal the life of a subject, although frequently, the focus of my impression will change through the course of a painting. The paintings' titles offer clues to the experiences behind an inspiration."
Julianne Garvey moved to Maine in 1980. She studied at The University of Georgia, her first two years of college, later graduating from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Julie says, "Since then, family life and work have taken the majority of my time, but have never dampened my enthusiasm for expressing myself through many different mediums, with my first love being watercolors. From an early age I have always enjoyed whatever art was being taught at whatever grade level I was in at the time. My high school Art Teacher was encouraging and didn't teach a formula of how to do something so much as how to look at something before engaging with it. It seems a natural thing for kids to use their imagination, experiment, and be creative and as artists we were encouraged more than others to keep at it, to do more. That's probably when we lost the fear of criticism, when we experimented to see what would come to life next. I'm not sure if any artist knows why we create art, beyond the simple fact that we do. Of course living in Maine, being surrounded by the constant beauty that abounds here, is my never-ending inspiration. I do know that I love creating art and just wouldn't feel complete if I were not to do so."
About The Gallery
Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right, on the first floor. The gallery exhibits original works of art created by artists with a connection to the state of Maine, working in a broad range of styles from contemporary to traditional realism, covering an array of subjects, in a variety of mediums.
During the months of April through October the gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. From November through the end of March the gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional days and times by appointment.
For additional information about the exhibit please contact the gallery by phone at 207-712-1097, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com . For weekly updates and news please like the gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
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