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Boulder, CO
Mary Williams Fine Arts, May 20-June 17

Jane Hunt, Boulder Creek, oil, 11 x 14.

Jane Hunt, Boulder Creek, oil, 11 x 14.

This story was featured in the May 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  May 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

Landscape painter Jane Hunt’s new solo show came together over three continents, eight countries, and miles of canvas. Over the last several years, Hunt revisited various places across the globe that have had a special impact on her life. From England, where she was born, to Colorado, which she now calls home, Hunt presents a visual journey of her life on the move in a show titled Finding Home. The show opens at Mary Williams Fine Arts on Saturday, May 20, with an artist’s reception from 2 to 5 p.m.

After growing up in northern England, Hunt moved across the Atlantic three times before finally settling in the United States. Her paintings depict places where she has lived, as well as those that have influenced her life and career. For example, she visited Giverny to paint in the footsteps of Monet, an artist who greatly influenced her creative expressions as a child. She also visited China, where she and her partner adopted a child. “I’ve always had this feeling of homesickness all my life, so that’s really what I’m exploring in this show,” Hunt says. “All of the scenes were chosen emotionally, and I’m trying to express those feelings through the paintings.”

Hunt says she feels Mary Williams Fine Arts is the perfect place for the exhibition, as she finally feels she has found home. However, the main goal of her work is to evoke a sense of universality and connectedness through her landscapes. Her piece THROUGH THE TREES shows a Colorado sunset; but Hunt says the sunset is a universal image that could portray any place and still draw the same emotions from its audience.

Throughout her travels, Hunt made sketches, took photos, and completed small plein-air studies, which are also on display. The bulk of the work on the large canvases was completed over the last six months in her studio. Hunt describes her style of painting as tonal impressionism, in which her pieces take on specific atmospheric qualities. But, up close, viewers can see the edginess of her textured brush strokes. Hunt says she was interested in showing the mix of preparatory stages and “how the piece developed from a sketch to a full painting.” —Mackenzie McCreary

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This story was featured in the May 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  May 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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