Barber Leventhal’s new body of work is vibrant, energetic and bursting with texture, color and shape. Inspired by water and light, these elements provide organic forms that connect the viewer to the piece. Using a soft palette of colors with vigorous brushstrokes, she creates paintings that convey nature as constantly changing, shifting and moving. Atmospheric landscapes blend with drawn images from memory. Her canvases tell a short story by freezing a moment in time and then blending it with an abstracted ground. The common thread that winds itself through it all is her ability to capture a light source through its interaction with color. The results are glowing, luminous, enhanced pictures of the gorgeous effects of nature.
Liz’s quiet and gentle nature strongly contrasts with her energetic, confident and highly textured paintings. Inspirations from nature result in daring and unusual combinations of color, forceful texture and the gentle luminosity – all of which is borne from her ability to draw.
In her own words: “There is always abstraction in my paintings no matter what the subject matter is. Nature provides organic, compelling shapes. Usually drawing is the starting point consisting of ambiguous elements that add depth to the painting. Moments from the past are as fragile and changing as nature itself. In my life, the way I see a leaf falling can trigger a past memory. This is my emotional connection with nature. The subject matter of nature provides a decadent ballet of movement and change. This process makes visible my search through my memories. This is how I connect with the viewer.”
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