Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rochelle Dammel: Cottage Garden

Cottage Garden. 24" x 36". Oil on Canvas

-Studied oil and pastel realism in France between 2005-06.  
-She has participated in the Forgotten Works Challenge's "30 Paintings in 30 Days"
-Has shown at the Kirkland Performance Center.
The Cottage Garden is a bold and magnified take on Impressionism in that the light comes via the intense laying of colors of the vegetation and large brushstrokes.  The texture and blurring of shapes enables the eye to wander, giving different images the chance to emerge as this garden of brightly mixed flowers and greenery comes into focus.  Dammel's work explores the idea that reality is whatever we choose it to be.  Trusting her subconscious and combining the use of texture and intense color, her work appears familiar and foreign, dark and bright, serene and frenzied all at the same time.

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