Deborah Davis Fine Art

43 Deer Drive

Claverack, New York

Phone: 518-828-2939

info@ddfagallery.com

“Silent Landscapes” and “Whimsical Metal Sculptures”

 

November 29 - December 31, 2007

 

 

“Silent Landscapes” in the Gallery

                                                              
Despite family objections, Connie Fiedler, a resident of Stone Ridge, New York, was irresistibly drawn to a career in fine art.  Her indirect path involved sixteen successful years as an award winning professional photographer, before she allowed herself the excitement of becoming a full-time professional painter.

 

Painting in her expressive, though realistic style, Fiedler’s power is often felt in the large brush strokes in her paintings which are both rich in color and abundant in texture.  She begins her process by choosing an inspirational scene.  Drawing on her memories and several photographic elements of this landscape, she creates a larger, more abstract painting in her studio.  Inspired by Kahn, Whistler, Wyeth and Sargent, Fiedler admires their contemplative manner and their ability to capture the mood of a landscape in a moment in time. 

 

Fiedler tries to reflect the fleeting sense of time and the changing light of the seasons in her work.  She is sensitive to the muted tones and the flowing minimalism of spring, fall and winter, and is challenged by summer’s overpowering greens.  Although Fiedler has painted landscapes throughout the world, she especially loves the Northeast and Tuscany, where variations in light and landscape continually delight and inspire her. 

 

 

“Whimsical Metal Sculptures” in the Windows

 

John Jackson, a resident of Jefferson, New York, has been welding whimsical figures for over 25 years.  His early efforts at sculpture were way back in B.T. (Before Torches) when he nailed and bolted pieces of metal to interesting tree formations.  A chance encounter with an exuberant metal craftsman in Colorado prompted him to purchase a set of torches upon his return.  Tin cans and coat hanger wire were readily available raw materials, and hundreds of whimsical wire figures, or metal cartoons, as Jackson calls them, brought smiles to young and not-so-young alike.

 

“I was never a good story teller,” says Jackson, “but many of my wire sculpts were funny, so I gave up telling jokes and just let my pieces tell the story.”  At about the same time, Jackson discovered an often overlooked rural resource – the local dump.  “I couldn’t believe what people threw away.  I usually brought more stuff back from the dump than I took.  Probably 40% of the materials in my first house came from the dump.  I was a committed recycler.  Metal pieces also caught my eye and I threw them in my truck too – not knowing where I’d use them, but hating to see them bulldozed and buried.  Nowadays, with a garbage authority in place, it’s tougher and more expensive to get good junk.  My main sources are metal junkyards, auctions, flea markets, and bike shops,” he notes.  “A lot of my raw materials now are farm or garden oriented tools – the parts just work so well.  A lot of tools I weld had to work hard their first time around.  In this incarnation, they’re smiling at the world and, usually, the world smiles back.”