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Houston, TX
William Reaves Fine Art, April 3-May 2

Jeri Salter, Brazos Sunrise at Village Bend, pastel, 18 x 30.

Jeri Salter, Brazos Sunrise at Village Bend, pastel, 18 x 30.

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In many human endeavors, the successes we achieve today are linked to the work of those who’ve gone before us. As Isaac Newton said,  “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” For Texas-based artist Jeri Salter, one of those “giants” is Frank Reaugh [1860-1945]. One of the Lone Star State’s most distinguished artists, Reaugh devoted his career to recording the Texas countryside in pastel. In 2014, Salter set out on a modern-day odyssey to trace the tracks of Reaugh’s frequent sketching trips through the Texas back-country. This month, she presents 25 to 30 new works inspired by her yearlong quest in a solo show at William Reaves Fine Art. On the Trail of Frank Reaugh opens with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, and runs through May 2.

The impetus for the show came from gallery owner William Reaves, who instantly recognized the compelling connections between the works of Reaugh and Salter. “Salter’s work reflects the same confident, accomplished application of the pastel medium that Reaugh demonstrated in his own lifetime, and her preference for regional subject matter speaks to the two artists’ mutual appreciation of the Texas panorama,” Reaves says. “In this sense, [this solo exhibition] actually celebrates and affirms two of Texas’ foremost pastel artists, one past and one present,” he adds.

The project was a rewarding and transformative experience for Salter, who says that the most surprising and significant shifts in her work had less to do with her external process than with her internal approach to painting. “I used to be primarily concerned with composition; now I’m paying much more attention to what it is I’m painting,” she says, explaining that she tries to portray both the visible and invisible aspects—such as the history, cultural significance, and spirit—of each place she paints. “I want the viewer to feel what I feel when I’m looking at these scenes—that overwhelming sense of the expansiveness, grandeur, and beauty to be found in both the grand landscapes and the everyday scenes that surround us,” she says. —Lindsay Mitchell

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