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Ed Penniman

Through the paintings in this exhibit I intend to reflect my emotional response to untouched places of beauty as well as to foster environmental stewardship. Certain locations draw me to paint them through their numina— the power of either a deity or a spirit that is present in those places.

I have developed my painting following upon the lineage of preceding historical periods of representational art. My knowledge and love of art history and the contributions of individual artists ground my work, providing a solid foundation to support my new and unique contemporary expression. Years of painting outdoors have aligned my sensibilities with nature. My ever evolving mastery of the oil painting medium allows me to express my intentions ever more clearly. I have found my self exploring deeper psychological realms in my new work while continuing to use the underpinning of classical painting.

I had the unique life experience of losing everything to a sudden paralytic illness, of subsequently rebuilding myself and my life. Through the lens of a long and arduous recovery, I now experience an elevated clarity of vision. I don’t squander what I have gained from these existential gifts but tap into them and thereby continue to grow as a painter. I want to explore how my work can move people beyond a restful artistic respite to a level of appreciation that will bone resonate.

In my exploration I am not sure what my new work will look like. I am reminded of the lyrics from Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. “When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look but it was gone. I cannot put my finger on it now. The child is grown, the dream is gone.” Recent studio work starts with bold, expressive and non-objective marks on the canvas. Then, as if looking at a non-symmetrical Rorschach Test, a “sensibility landscape” image emerges in my minds eye and is further solidified from fragments of my visual memory. Starting from a conceptually improvised potential scene, I develop the painting to a level that will depict my vision and create a tangible sense of place.

As I paint I experience the mysterious merging of memories and sensations with my unconscious being. From this synergy emerges the tangible image you see. The creation of a unique interpretative expression is where my effort begins and ends. Each of my works is a step forward on my painting journey. Each one is closer to revealing a newer form, a newer expression, one that is both subjective and at the same time universal. I am trusting in my process of evolution as a painter.