The winter solstice reminds me of the beauty and striking simplicity of black and white. Not that there’s much snow here. Our west coast winter is green and moist.
However! In a few days I’m flying into the Okanagan Valley. We’ll drop down above hills and valleys, farms and ranches, orchards, vineyards, and the vast frozen white lake.
It’s really wintertime there, and the approach to the Kelowna airport is fantastic: a monochromatic dream rich in pattern and texture.
I’ve been using a monochromatic palette throughout my studio life. It’s a contemporary idiom for many artists, and I’m drawn to it as well. It’s been an enduring part of my studio work, especially in printmaking.
The pieces that follow were done over the years using different materials and methods. I work with value and texture, especially in painting.
Let’s take a walk through these monochromatic pieces.