Framed oil painting by Kim Druker Stockwell 25″ x 31″
The current work of Kim Druker Stockwell focuses on the White Mountains of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Painting en plein air, the paintings are less about rocks and trees as color and light. The patterns created by the different species of plants and trees are reflected on her canvas in a series of playful lines and swipes of pallet knives toying with appearance and reality.
The challenge of painting in the natural world is conveying the ever changing sky and its effect on what lies below. Her aim is not to replicate nature but to impress upon the viewer the unnatural color, shape and shadow we may not be aware of when we view the mountains. Acres of area covered by the shadow of a cloud is painted deep purple, while spring fields shock with yellow green. In fact, these are colors we see, and not imagined.