Everyone knows that the sky is rarely as simple as the color blue. Indeed, the artist Whitney knapp bowditch specializes in exploring the mutability of the sky palette in his series of expressive landscape paintings. Using a variety of tools, brushstrokes, and techniques, Bowditch captures the transient phases of the sky and shows how this changes the atmosphere of the landscape below.
The nationally-exhibited artist is currently based in Richmond, Va., Where she balances her creative practice with teaching drawing and painting classes at John Tyler Community College. “I’m interested in the physicality of paint and the endless ways it can be applied to a surface,” Bowditch explains. The artist’s extensive portfolio shows his keen interest in landscapes of many types, including abstracts, coastlines and waves, to name a few. Although they differ slightly in style and subject matter, all of Bowditch’s works are linked by a common thread: the sky.
“The sky fascinates me enormously, both by its subtle and transient qualities and by its capacity to modify the landscape”, explains Bowditch in his artist statement. “Much of my work focuses on the atmospheric relationship between the sky and the land and sea that accompany it.” To achieve the expressive quality of his canvases, Bowditch often uses the use of a palette knife. She distributes rough “sweeps” of color that mimic the tumultuous layers of a sunset, sunrise, or storm. These pictorial skies are then enhanced by the dark silhouette of the landscape below.
Virginia artist Whitney Knapp Bowditch creates expressive landscape paintings.
His canvases capture the mutability of the sky in their pictorial features and their unique palettes.
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