Connie has always had a great interest in the creative arts, but got sidetracked for quite a while being a single mom and juggling college and career and childcare. In her fifties, she started taking classes and discovered that her passion is oil painting. She loves the feeling of watercolor paintings but struggles with that medium! Still, she tries. She has studied many of the creative arts, including jewelry making, silk scarf painting, etc.
Dynamic composition and a unique viewpoint are the hallmarks of Karen Israel’s pastel paintings. Her subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices.
My work is about the abstraction of the natural and urban landscape using a close-up approach; focusing on finding patterns, texture and color in the various surfaces and presenting them as design compositions.
In my career as an artist, my medium has changed; from painting and sculpture to years as a graphic designer, and now, photography, but my focus has always been on design. For me, photography is not a literal translation of our world, but rather, a means of interpretation. I use the camera as a vehicle to “paint” the design, rather than to make a realistic interpretation.
My work focuses often on the intimate landscape; I get close in, often within inches of the subject, in order to see the subtleties of the design of the particular earth or building surface. For me, the landscape is often a vehicle to create an abstraction by finding the dominant design element in each surface and using that element to create the composition. When I shoot a large landscape, I am in pursuit of the lines and curves that come together to create a scene that flows.
As a frequent traveler, I also have a documentary approach to my work; telling a story about the people and places as I see them. The work of Eugene Atget has also influenced my approach in cities; I capture reflected images in store windows which creates an image challenging the viewer.
When I began my career as a photographer, my focus has been to find beautiful or interesting design, texture and color in these aging metal, wood and cement surfaces and capture them as fine art. More recently, I have expanded to capture illusion and document the places I visit. Rather than design from my imagination, I use the existing world to compose and “paint” my images.
Tatyana Dickinson has lived with her husband Dave in Vernon, CT for the past 15 years. She has written and published a book Good morning after supper,this year. She is working on second book now, and hopes to publish it soon. She has shown at Arts Center East in 2016 and 2017.