The Harrison Gallery will present a show of landscape paintings by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams from October 4 - October 30. The artist will be attending the show’s opening reception on Saturday, October 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
With her dramatic paintings of woods, mountains, rivers and skies, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams paints the landscape of the Hudson River Valley and the Berkshires to show not only the exquisite beauty of nature but its spiritual essence as well.
Like Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and George Inness before her, she captures those moments in nature when light and the scenic elements converge to create a distinct and transcendental emotional impression.
“It’s important to me,” says Bloodgood-Abrams, “that my paintings create for the viewers a personal engagement with the landscape, giving them the opportunity to see what it feels like to be in that moment in nature.” Bloodgood-Abrams’ vast and voluminous skies often dominate her paintings, adding drama and energy to the landscape. “I like big skies,” she says, “they are more universal than the landscape and therefore the overall work is more universal. With skies I can work with the drama of light and dark to create paintings that are soul-stirring and transcend the landscape below.”
As a painter, Bloodgood-Abrams considers herself a “luminist” or a “tonalist”. “ By either name,” she says, “I create the illusion of light coming from the canvas by applying multiple layers of paint and glaze until I get the gentle glow I’m looking for.”
With her home in Kingston, NY, the artist lives in the heart of the area she paints. “I was brought up and educated around here, “ she says, citing her Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from Saint Rose College in Albany and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY.
Bloodgood-Abrams’ has recently had solo exhibitions at the Meyer-Munson Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, the Mendenhall-Sobieski Gallery in Los Angeles and the DFN Gallery in New York. She exhibited in the Rhine-Hudson Artist Exchange in Cologne, Germany. Her work is in the corporate collections of the Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA, McGraw-Hill Books, AIG Insurance, and Federal Express Corporation.