Fredericksburg, TX, October 1-31
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“From the classic look of Peter Fiore’s landscapes to the versatility of Dan Beck’s figures to Marc Hanson’s mood-filled panoramas, each and every one of these paintings has a timeless and universal quality,” says Shannon Hanna, owner of RS Hanna Gallery in historic Fredericksburg, TX, where the three-person show titled Timeless Expressions runs throughout October. An artists’ reception is on Friday, October 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Fiore’s new work focuses on “the essence of things,” he says. “It’s a point of view that is about light, emotion, and how the scene resonates with me. I try to simplify by not making it site-specific but rather by making a universal statement that transcends a particular place and is more eternal and universal. I’m painting moods.” His 10 new paintings for the show evoke a sense of calm and quiet, with depictions of sycamore and birch trees at sunset, open fields and meadows, and winter landscapes with meandering streams. AUTUMN RAMBLE, a 36-by-60-inch painting, holds special meaning for Fiore. After a bad car accident, he couldn’t paint for a long time and would photograph subject matter instead. “I found a tree I liked and thought about designs and compositions for it. But the tree was burned in a fire. At first I was saddened, but the tree came back stronger. It was an important symbol for my health,” he says.
“I’ve simplified my palette, using darker tones of my usual colors,” says Dan Beck of his new work for the show. His portraits and figures entice the viewer with rich hues and broad strokes of paint that embody his signature impressionistic style. Before making a career of art, Beck worked ranches in Arizona, did construction on the beaches in Florida, refinished furniture in Louisiana, and spent four years in the infantry, including two years in Germany—sketching all the while. “All that stuff—cowboy, construction, infantry—what I saw in life, I bring those experiences into painting and don’t ever want to lose that feel,” Beck says. His new work has “clarity of intent and cohesiveness. I’ve been tying up loose ends, doing study paintings, and reloading with what I’ve accomplished.”
In September, Marc Hanson moved from Minnesota to Colorado “to paint bigger landscapes from life,” he says. Creating both plein-air and studio pieces, Hanson’s big-sky, mood-laden landscapes range from impressionistic to carefully detailed. He says his new work is similar to what he’s done in the past in style and technique, but adds, “I’ve been changing gears a lot. My part of the show will be a bit of an expression of time, not really nailed down to one particular approach. I’m definitely a painter who concentrates more on expression of mood in my paintings—the mood of that moment—rather than actual things. For this show specifically, they let us just be who we are.” And with their varied styles, subjects, and sensitivities, all three artists truly capture the spirit of timeless expressions. —Reed Glenn
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