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Fine Art Connoisseur highlights “Light on the Land”
This past September, Kathryn Turner was featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, discussing her summer show, Light on the Land, hosted by her home gallery Trio Fine Art. This show embodied two of the main concepts visible in Turner’s art, and culminated in a bold, 36 x 60 oil on panel – the high light of the show.
Visible light itself compels most artists in their creativity, illuminating form and making color possible. In the Light on the Land body of work, Turner explored the many varieties of light, from bright sunshine to the diffused light of fog. With a painter’s eye, she has been able to observe and appreciate the ever-changing light of her native mountain landscape in Jackson Hole, and this is directly reflected in her evolving artwork.
The second concept, wildlife and animal subjects, stems from her beautiful Wyoming homeland as well. These abstracted images capture a sense of movement and vitality in the forms, inspiring and driving much of Kathryn’s work.
Turner’s passion for animals stems from her upbringing on the Triangle X Ranch – a family guest ranch business located within Grand Teton National Park. Working with the animals on the ranch and the encounters with the wildlife that surround it gave Kathryn an appreciation for the beauty of their physical forms as well as a reverence for the way they live in harmony with the environment. She is inspired by how animal species live so light on the land. With deep reverence, she believes we can learn from them about how to live a sustainable existence on this earth. Her paintings reflect this admiration.
The centerpiece of the exhibition was a complex and bold painting of a herd of horses, utilizing both the play of light and abstracted animal forms. This notable piece is complex in nature due to its abstracted composition and the use of color. “Everything Shines as it Disappears” reflects Turner’s maturity as a artist. It tells a personal story of her family’s recent experience with Alzheimer’s disease. Objectively, the artist has retained the essential forms of the anatomy of the horses while expressing a heightened level of energy and mystery. The horse on the far left eventually fades to a gossamer veil.
“I wanted to really push myself in this piece by creating a daring, expressive piece. I believe that, by its nature, art is meant to evolve. It was my hope that this painting could pave its own path to someplace all-together new.”
Such a goal would be paralyzing had it not been that Turner found a Leonard Cohen quote which provided just the guidance needed.
“Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. This is how the light gets in.”
In order to allow for the natural evolution of the painting as well as her own style, Turner had to have a lightness in her own approach and be willing to explore new territory. The result is indeed a rare image with singular expression. A true evolution in her work.
To read the full Fine Art Connoisseur article, please click here.