Oils had been my primary medium until I became pregnant with my first son, who is now 2 1/2. At that time I began doing illustrative work in watercolors because of safety and practicality, but I also have always had an interest in children’s book illustration. I went to school for art with a concentration in painting, double majoring in psychology and subsequently earned my Masters in Social Work. I now work part-time as a therapist in a private practice and am working on creative projects in all the spare time I can muster with two young boys (2 1/2 and 9 months!). I will include some examples of my work in oils to give you an idea of my style. Some of these have been sold, but I feel they reflect my interests. Most currently, I am working on a series of smaller ( around 10 x 10 inch) somewhat abstracted landscapes that focuses on my interest in negative space, light, and subtle voyeurism..
This exhibition has been organized by Judy Duboff and RyyA Bread to commemorate and celebrate four generations of creative visual ‘generation’ by women in their maternal line: Grace Epstein (aka Meema) (born 1894), Elizabeth Duboff (born 1919), Judy Duboff (born 1945) and RyyA. Bread (born 1970).
“An eclectic collection of artwork made at various times in our respective lives. It is our desire to hang this work together and to share the creative threads that run through four individuals who have overlapping and overlaid experiences of place and family; and have been influenced and loved by one another.”
This exhibition is not put forward as examples of refined, finished or accomplished fine art – but rather as a testimony to the value of creative ‘generation’ in one’s life. What this work shows is an interest in using art to celebrate and commemorate significant places, relationships and events – where this interest has been nurtured, sustained and gained momentum as it has been passed through four generations. As such, it can be seen as a familial work in progress spanning over 100 years…
Roslyn Fassett and Linda Rahl Nadas exhibited their paintings and sculptures together fifteen years ago in the Atlantic Gallery in New York City. They chose to show their work together because they believe their work echoes each others.
Once Again, their show in September at the Amity Gallery, will bring them together again. Ms. Fassett has combined pencil drawing and watercolors of women in motion interwoven with paintings of some of the favorite flowers growing in her garden – delphinium, parrot tulips and scarlet poppies. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union and is a member of the Prince Street Gallery. She has taught African art history at SUNY Purchase.
Ms. Nadas has an MFA from Alfred University and has taught at OCCC, in public schools and in her studio. Her one of a kind pottery forms and sculptures will be on display at the gallery. She says of her work: “I create with clay in a spontaneous way. By using form, texture, space, line, movement, color and light, my works become personal statements based on laws of chance. I expect viewers to translate in their own way whatever they may see.
Donna Haley has been painting her entire life. Her formal training began at The Art Students League in New York with Robert Beverly Hale (Anatomy), Gustav Rehberger (Classical Drawing), Richard Goetz (Still Life) and Peter Cox (the Figure), as well as John Philip Osborne (Landscape). Experimenting with watercolor master, Paul Ching Bor, in New York, Donna’s life as a painter has come full circle — starting with watercolor and now returning to the medium with new vision and techniques.
Ms. Haley is a member of the American Watercolor Society, and a three time award-winning artist in the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery in New York. She is a member of theartbeat345nyc and exhibited there throughout 2015/16. Her work has been seen at the Ridgewood Art Association as well as solo shows in Warwick, NY. Ms. Haley was recently welcomed to the Board of the Hudson Valley Art Association where her painting, Sipi Falls, Uganda, was featured in their 83rd annual show at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Donna’s paintings are in private collections in the U.S. and Canada, and can be seen at the Avenue Gallery in Connecticut.
Art for me is an exploration of what moves, delights or startles me. My paintings attempt to reach into the emotional core of nature’s moments — whether it be dawn in New York, a sunset in Africa or someone we know or wish to know.
My process is to allow the painting to emerge from the surprising play between water, color, light, and the weight and pull of darkness — the fluidity of the moment in remembrance. It is my hope that the viewer is moved as well by a new yet familiar feeling.