TEN MILE MOON
LISA MCSHANE | ANDREW VALLEE
NOVEMBER 2-25, 2018
This month in the gallery I am proud to present the work of Lisa McShane and myself. Our show, Ten Mile Moon, is about a sense of place both near and far. Lisa’s oil paintings are informed by her immediate surroundings and she has based this show on places within a ten mile radius of her home and studio. She’s following in the tradition of other great Skagit painters that have drawn their inspiration from the beauty of the valley. Lisa brings her own twist to this tradition by frequently incorporating a touch of humanity into her landscapes. In Lisa’s words, "A year ago I walked from the east point of Samish Island along a road lined with poplars, looking at the reflections on Samish Bay. I realized that within 10 miles of where I stood an entire world existed; one worth painting.”
For this show, as an artist who works primarily with wood, I am in collaboration with materials brought forth by the natural world. I’m never working with a blank canvas. I’m working with a medium that has a life of its own, with its own intrinsic beauty. Beauty and simplicity are the goals of my work. My body of work includes three branches. The first branch is man-made natural objects. Rocks, seeds, and the maple leaf, which have been a favorite subject of mine for many years. The second branch is a series of vessels and is a new area of exploration for me. The third branch is abstract sculptural forms. These forms are inspired by universal forces. They’re about physics, gravity, and mysteries of the universe - parabolas and black holes inspired by celestial bodies, including the moon.
The moon has been an inspiration to artists for millennia, and so it is with myself and Lisa. Within this body of work there are numerous references to our lunar companion. Sometimes literal, and sometimes through the essence of form. So, as we enter into the darker days of fall and winter, I invite you to enjoy this exhibition.