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New Canaan Library

Wild & Free

Artwork by Jennifer Williams. On display July 16, 2019 - August 26, 2019.

As a child living near the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, I grew up with wildness: spring flowers full of color and light, changing through the seasons. Later, travelling, I loved the new plants and blooms I found and began at last to paint, en plein air, among them. Today, from my home near Long Island Sound to the Caribbean and Monet’s gardens in Giverny I’m fulfilled, capturing the colors which have been, and certainly still are, such a part of me. I smell the wild scents, hear the rhythms of forests, see the old hues, and the vibrant young colors.

When not painting, I’ve studied physiology and learned and taught human body movement, using practical skill to help and rehabilitate people to more fully use and enjoy their personal worlds. That study and fascination with movement impacts my interaction with nature as I paint. My subjects are never still; they change as my brush moves, in ways common among both people and nature. My flowers, my trees, my ponds and reeds, even cityscapes – they dance!

I need to be IN my paintings – not just describing what I see but participating, taking hold of the colors. Starting with oils and metals, usually brushed silver aluminum, I often begin by layering the paints by hand, to feel, to find the textures. My larger brushes make gestural images of nature. Then I extract, then return with opaque shades and bright spots of color, then texture again, and when it works there is luminosity, landscapes come alive, and they capture my energy.

**Artwork is for sale. Sales are handled by contacting the artist directly. Please contact Jennifer Williams at 203-545-5600 for more information**

Wild & Free