Taos, NM, through November 25
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For painter Evelyne Boren, New Mexico is a treasure trove of visual delights, full of elements that continually inspire her colorful, impressionistic landscapes. “The light is fantastic here, and I love the combination of red earth, adobe buildings, and piñon trees,” Boren says from her home in Santa Fe.
This month Heinley Fine Arts presents 25 new works by the artist in a show titled Capturing the Moment. In addition to New Mexico scenes, the show also features works inspired by Boren’s regular painting forays to Italy. Wherever she is, and whether she’s painting in oils or watercolors, the artist seeks out dramatic atmospheric conditions such as full moons, sunrises, and sunsets. “I think that is what people like in my work,” Boren says. “The viewers can identify with what I am saying because that is what they once felt when they were in the same place. The paintings bring back memories for them.”
In the painting FALL IN ABIQUIU, Boren conveys the warmth she experienced while ambling down a road in northern New Mexico and being surrounded by bright, yellow-leafed trees. Her artistic mission in this work, and many others, is to evoke the temperature, atmosphere, and emotions she felt in the midst of a particular scene.
Boren is a plein-air painter, but she also may sketch and take photographs on location, then finish a piece in her studio. She feels free to rearrange a scene during the creative process because, as she puts it, “nature doesn’t always give you what you need.” About 10 years ago Boren started using a palette knife, and today more than 90 percent of her oil paintings are created with knife rather than brushes. She says that the palette knife allows her to impart a rich, textural, three-dimensional quality to her works that conveys energy.
Gallery owner Donna Heinley is enthusiastic about Boren’s solo show. “Her work harkens back to the masters and is museum-quality,” Heinley says. “I believe that when you are selling art to the public, you need to sell art like Evelyne’s—works that are not only masterful but also enhance people’s lives and can be passed down to [future] generations.” —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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