Autumn's Glory, Winter's Grace
September 29, 2012 - January 17, 2013
Nature is always with us, and indeed it is within us. It is part of the human collective subconscious. Our affinity with nature is inescapable. The vision of a beautiful day makes us feel uplifted. A day in the country refreshes and restores us. When we can no longer deal with the modern world, with all its stress and pollution, we turn to nature. A blue sky gives pleasure, green grass is calming, fresh air is rejuvenating. Nature is indeed our mother, and we turn to her when we need respite.
In California Impressionism, the principal subject was land, represented as clean and unspoiled with strength and grandeur. The sun shone its light on the land and gave it color; greens of spring, browns of late summer and fall, and everywhere, the deep blue mantle of the sky.