Monday, 22 October 2018

Franklin Street Gallery's June Artist in Focus

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo is a still life and landscape painter who currently resides in Corning, New York. She has a degree in Studio Art from Houghton College and has been active in the Corning Art community since 2002.

Bridget got her start working as an apprentice and studio assistant for local artist Thomas S. Buechner. She currently works from her own naturally lit studio, where her subjects include still life, flowers, plants and landscapes painted in both oils and watercolors. In addition be being a prolific local artist, Bridget has also taught art classes at local youth centers, museums, Corning Community College, and has been on the faculty of 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning for sixteen years.

Bridget’s work focuses mainly on the elegance of nature. According to her, “My paintings are about the beauty in nature. I believe that the beauty found in nature enriches our existence. Natural forms, elegant lines, bold colors, and the intrinsic details found in nature are the themes in my work. My most recent paintings explore the interaction between humans and the natural world. Nature is incredibly resilient as it continues to persevere in the face of man-made threats.”

Like most artists who excel in still life and landscape, Bridget tries to paint her subjects realistically. At the same time however, she has made it a habit to paint from her own viewpoint. In describing her process she says: “I usually start a painting observing from life, with the subject in front of me. I prefer to work from life for as long as possible, forgoing using photographs in an effort to capture the true essence of my subjects. I use either oil or watercolor in thin transparent layers; this technique creates a luminous glow throughout the piece.”

A painter inspired by the “old masters,” Bridget has been strongly influenced by Spanish and Italian still life painters as well as Dutch flower painters. On top of these influences, she is also very inspired by nature and the world around her. The daily inspiration for my artwork comes from nature— or as Albrecht Durer said, “For verily, art is embedded in nature; he who can extract it, has it.”

You can meet Bridget Bossart van Otterloo at the opening of her Artist in Focus exhibit Friday, June 1 at Franklin Street Gallery from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

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