THROUGH THE GRASS AND BEYOND
PHOTOGRAPHY ON WOOD BY DANA PATTERSON ROTH
Featured Artist Exhibition — March 26 through April 21, 2019
Artist Reception: Friday April 5, 4-7 p.m.
It’s been a life-long love affair with photography for Dana. Since age 10, when she purchased her first camera, she has been enthralled with photography. For her, photography has always been a process of discovery, allowing her to closely examine the world. Whether she is using a camera, a scanner or her mind’s eye, she is always exploring new ways to understand what photography is and what more she can do with it.
The images in this series, “Through the Grass and Beyond” are printed on wood, allowing the grain of the wood to interact visually with the nature based photography. Many of the images are then grouped together, ‘floated’ on a background and framed; creating a three-dimensional shadowbox of botanical imagery, wood grain and ambient light.
“I have long been mesmerized by the grasses, watching them sway in the breeze, and I love to capture these moments of beauty and grace.”
Born and raised in New Mexico, Roth studied photography and painting at UNM, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and other venues. She has been a photographer for 40 years, initially specializing in black and white portraiture. In recent years, she has focused on landscape and botanical photography. She enjoys pushing beyond traditional photography by experimenting with the new processes and various media now available for creating and printing photographs, allowing her to add more visual depth and interest.
COLOR AND TEXTURE – LIQUID COLOR PAINTINGS IN ACRYLIC AND INK
BY STEVE PALMER
Featured Artist Exhibition — APRIL 23 through MAY 19, 2019
Artist Reception: Friday MAY 3, 4-7 p.m.
It’s been a journey of discovery for Steve. His insatiable need to understand some new “truth” about how people see things led him to a career in science. As a scientist, he performed experiments about visual perceptions. As an artist, he does experiments about aesthetic perceptions using unique materials and techniques that allow him to create a variety of abstract color compositions.
Steve Palmer is the featured artist at Wild Hearts Gallery with his exhibition running from April 23 through May 19. The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Friday, May 3 from 4-7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
The images in this series, “Color and Texture” use acrylic paints and inks mixed with a medium, which is then poured over Plexiglas and manipulated in many different ways. This technique produces fluid streams and eddies of color. Adding silicone before pouring allows the paint to form complex textures of “cells” and some very serendipitous results
“My fascination with the vibrant colors, intricate textures and abstract geometries of natural materials like polished marble, agate, jasper and petrified wood is satisfied by the results I can achieve with this process. It is great fun and I feel like I’m only beginning to explore the possibilities.”
Palmer began his painting career after retiring from 40+ years as a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at U.C. Berkeley. There he taught courses and published research in the field of vision science, the topic of his pioneering book, Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology (MIT Press, 1999). His “Liquid Color” paintings are closely related to these scientific studies about people’s aesthetic response to visual perception.