Gretchen Acharya

Boulder, Colorado

Juried Artist BPAF 2019

The focus of my work is representational painting. Whatever the subject, landscape, figure, or still life, it is my intention to reach beyond the simple reflection of a physical object, to communicate to the viewer on a deeper level. I am interested in exploring the interplay of light, shadow, color and texture in defining form and expressing the living energy of the subject. This concept is particularly challenging in painting the plein air landscape. I want to express not only the beauty of a scene, but the intensity and interconnection of the beings who make up that landscape. After many years of plein air painting and teaching it is my experience that you never really see something until you draw it. Even if the painting is not a keeper, the process of painting enhances our experience of our environment and changes the way we see.


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