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Medium Sized Paintings
“What excites me most in nature are the deeply profound moments, where there is a connection with a higher energy and one feels alive. My paintings are a response to those moments, an attempt to recreate the heightened visual and emotional drama. In these works I seek to transcend the landscape as mere subject matter, and use it as a tool to illustrate nature’s spiritual or emotional essence. In some pieces I use the composition or presentation of the image to further convey an iconographic quality and inspire the idea that celebrating the landscape or these moments could be a form of worship. These paintings have progressively become less about documenting a particular place, but more about expressing a particular emotional memory of the landscape. I allow the emotional experience in nature to soak in as much as possible, and later, after some tempering and distillation through my own psyche, I use that memory to create an image which I hope will inspire viewers and invoke remembrances of their own experiences of nature’s most moving and dramatic moments. “
Jane Bloodgood Abrams was born in Queens, New York. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, in 1985. Three years later, she earned a Master’s of Fine Arts at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Now she paints in and of the Hudson River Valley and the Berkshires.
Her paintings are powerful compositions of earth, sky and cloud. Radiant, in the tradition of the Hudson River school and the luminists, Bloodgood-Abrams’ work successfully participates in the canon of American art in a way that few other contemporary contributions can claim to do. The pieces are essentially emotional, revealing the artist’s personal engagement with the mystery and power of nature. The paintings are worked over a period of time in a very intuitive manner, with layers of paint, applied, wiped away, and allowed to dry between sessions and be worked over again. This push-pull process allows an evocative image to emerge.
The Harrison Gallery, Group Exhibit, 2009 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Solo Exhibit, 2009 Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC, 2009 WSA National Exhibit, Woodstock, NY (K.L. McKenna Award) 2009 "River" WAAM National Exhibition, Woodstock, NY, 2009 Berkshire Museum, "Power of Place: The Berkshires" 2005 Pittsfield, MA Pastel Society of America, 2005, 2002, 2000, 1996, 1994, New York, NY Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 2005, New York, NY Rhine-Hudson Exchange, 2003 Cologne, Germany Florence Internationale Biennialle, 2001, Florence, Italy New York State Biennial Invitational, 1998 New York State Museum, Albany, NY