VLS- Vertical Land Slice

A series of vertical landscape fragment paintings which were started when I was cropping a photo to use as a postcard.  The sliced off piece intrigued me. I taped it to the wall and after a month of contemplation gessoed a wood strip and painted a much larger version. So it began…

The VERTICAL LANDSCAPE SLICE paintings fall somewhere between the German Expressionist painter, Alex Jawlensky’s injunction that art should be “a great shock”, and Henri Matisse’s counsel that a painting should be analogous to “a great comfortable armchair in which a man cold settle into and enjoy after a days’ labor”. The paintings are relatively small 12 to 24 inches tall and 2 1/2 to 4 inches wide.  They tend to gently “shock” with their intense color and nearly abstract structure. They are fragments which hint at a whole and may be likened to a salient, quotable phrase lifted from an expansive poem or essay.  Being intimate in size, the paintings invite contemplation and ask a bit more of your time and attention, but the visual stimulation, beauty and enjoyment they offer is worth extending your gaze.

VLS paintings range from $680 for the 8″ x 3 1/2″ to $2200 for the 24″ x 7″ diptych.