My first vacay since the beginning of the pandemic was last summer's road trip to the American West. I've driven out there many times before. But this trip was special. Maybe it was being cooped up for so long, but I was wowed. The beauty and immensity of the land and sky hit me hard. I'm so excited to share my new paintings with you.
I've been working feverishly for half a year on these babies and I couldn't be more delighted with the outcome. I'm doubly pleased and honored to be collaborating with Saatchi Art, the world's leading online gallery, and virtual gallery platform, Art Placer. Saatchi Art will be promoting this special collection through their extensive social media and collector network. I'm incredibly grateful to be able to share my work in this virtual gallery space and special collection. Anyone, anywhere with an internet connection can visit. And while it's not like seeing them in person, in some ways it's better.
The paintings this trip inspired conjure an iconic story of canyons, sky, mountains, and mesas. Reflecting sensations of place and time, they are not representational landscapes. Here earth and jewel tones are powerful, grounding, and healing. Hard edges melt into soft spaces where spirit and mind are free to roam.
Back in my Wisconsin studio, I felt like this series painted itself. A good road trip has that kind of power. For months the shapes and colors I'd experienced out west flew from my mind through my fingers to the canvas. I couldn't stop seeing them and I couldn't stop painting them.
I hope this euphoria of shape, line, and color guides you toward a deeper sense of what it means to be alive in this astonishing world right now.
Please enter my virtual gallery and have a look!
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Artist and naturalist Michelle Louis has a vigorous curiosity about the natural world. Her abstract landscape paintings cultivate connection to the lands she explores.
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