A Brush with a Friend
Making art can be an isolating and lonely venture. One has to spend a lot of time alone in order to create. We are both thankful to have had the support of loved ones and friends who have encouraged us as artists. We are thankful too for the lasting friendships we have found in other artists who have also encouraged us along the way.
This show acknowledges and celebrates a friendship founded through the camaraderie of painting. We have been artists our entire lives and art buddies for twenty five years. We share a bond through our artistic struggles. This body of work not only represents many hours of solitary hard work on both of our parts but it also represents the friendship of two artists. Like artists before us, we have spent time empathizing together about the sometimes painful creative process, celebrating our successful works, discussing the disasters, and bouncing ideas off each other. Long discussions of color theory and occasionally plein air painting together or visiting the museum together also encouraged our bond.
Our most recent works represented here reflect similar thinking in regards to process and color although our media differ. Subject matter is also a commonality. Our works include landscape, nature, still life and an occasional figure. Both of our works are primarily representational, but reflect an urge to use color more freely. -- Lynda Conley and Robert Rodriguez