See “Colors and Shadows in Nature,” the art of Hap Howle, in our gallery throughout August . There will be an artist’s reception, free and open to the public, on August 16 from 6-8 p.m. See the art, meet the artist, and enjoy light refreshments.
“I enjoy being outdoors and observing nature. I am inspired by the incredible beauty, complexity of interrelationships between mineral, life and energy. The natural world is constantly changing and I try to capture a moment in time. I like to observe nature and the way light illuminates things and how our mind can use shadows and reflected light to interpret their shapes and texture. It is challenging to take a flat canvas and apply acrylic paint to create the illusion of depth. I like to use photographs for reference when I paint. This helps me keep a realistic look to my work. Most of the photos i take myself but I sometimes use those of my friends with their permission. With a painting I can add, enhance or ignore things and capture a pleasing representation of a time, place and mood. Being outdoors gives me an inner peace which I try to incorporate in my paintings. Nature can be beautiful and I attempt to honor it by creating a painting that can bring the outdoor beauty and feelings into an indoor living space.” — Hap Howle