Richard Boyd Art Gallery

February 2016 – Randy Eckard and Julianne Garvey “Works on Paper”

Randy Eckard ~ "Remembering This Place" ~ Watercolor on Paper 14" x 20"

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of watercolor paintings by artists Randy Eckard and Julianne Garvey. While each artist has their own style, technique and approach to the medium, they are joined by a single theme – a passion for watercolors. The exhibit features paintings inspired by the artists’ interpretation of the ever changing landscape of Maine. Works on Paper opens February 5 at 10:00 a.m. The exhibit is on view free of charge to the public between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through February 28, 2016. Additional days and times can be made by appointment.

About the Artists

Randy Eckard studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. Randy says, “My approach to watercolor painting is nontraditional, in that I try to avoid the limitations and trappings of traditional watercolor techniques. Although traditional washes are an integral part of the painting process, I rely more on the layering of color with glazing and dry brush work. Moving between wet and dry on the same piece of paper achieves a variety of complimentary surfaces, which allows for the luminous quality of watercolor with added depth of color and texture. Light plays an essential role in my paintings. It is as if the subtle or dramatic interplay of light and shadow become the subject more than the objects themselves. Light reveals the character, color, and texture of objects, whether man-made or natural. The alteration of lighted and shadowed planes produces powerful repeated patterns and can be an important element of design. Subject matter has always been of paramount importance to me, especially with its tendency to come unexpectedly. Quiet, patient observation will almost always reveal the life of a subject, although frequently, the focus of my impressions will change through the course of a painting. The paintings’ titles offer clues to the experiences behind an inspiration.”

 

Randy Eckard ~ "Pause To Reflect" ~ Watercolor on Paper 12" x 8"

Randy Eckard ~ “Pause To Reflect” ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

Randy Eckard ~ "Rising to Meet the Sky" ~ Watercolor on Paper 12" x 8"

Randy Eckard ~ “Rising to Meet the Sky” ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

Randy Eckard ~ "Button Up For Winter" ~ Watercolor on Paper 8" x 12"

Randy Eckard ~ “Button Up For Winter” ~ Watercolor on Paper 8″ x 12″

 

Julianne Garvey moved to Maine in 1980. She studied art at The University of Georgia, her first two years of college, later graduating from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Julie says, “Since then, family life and work have taken the majority of my time, but have never dampened my enthusiasm for expressing myself through many different mediums, with my first love being watercolors. From an early age I have always enjoyed whatever art was being taught at whatever grade level I was in at the time. My high school Art Teacher was encouraging and didn’t teach a formula of how to do something so much as how to look at something before engaging with it. It seems a natural thing for kids to use their imagination, experiment, and be creative and as artists we were encouraged more than others to keep at it, to do more. That’s probably when we lost the fear of criticism, when we experimented to see what would come to life next. I’m not sure if any artist knows why we create art, beyond the simple fact that we do. Of course living in Maine, being surrounded by the constant beauty that abounds here, is my never-ending inspiration. I do know that I love creating art and just wouldn’t feel complete if I were not to do so.”

Julianne Garvey ~ "River at Dawn" ~ Watercolor on Paper 17" x 12"

Julianne Garvey ~ “River at Dawn” ~ Watercolor on Paper 17″ x 12″

Julianne Garvey "Driftwood" ~ Watercolor on Paper 20" x 16"

Julianne Garvey ~ “Driftwood” ~ Watercolor on Paper 20″ x 16″

Julianne Garvey ~ "Winter Shadows" ~ Watercolor on Paper 8" x 14"

Julianne Garvey ~ “Winter Shadows” ~ Watercolor on Paper 8″ x 14″

 

 

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