A Painter for the Ages
Introduction by Marcia L. Vose
Liz Haywood-Sullivan has worked for the past two years preparing for this, her third solo exhibition at Vose Galleries. Prior to 2017, she devoted her time and talents to head the non-profit International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), where she organized twelve international exhibitions and three international conventions for pastel artists.
When her term ended at IAPS, she began to think about this exhibition and decided that she wanted a new direction for her work. After questioning the very foundation of her approach to painting, she concluded that she yearned to be “in the season” when she paints, rather than, for example, making color notes and sketches of a scene in winter and then producing the painting in the summer. She wanted to feel the colors of fall, the starkness of winter, the brilliant greens of spring and the atmospheric spark of summer that highlights light and shadow.
Dancing Light: Changing Seasons embodies the results of her constant searching — a fresh, direct approach to her work. Her nuanced feel for light and shadow combined with her brilliant mastery of the pastel medium showcase an artist who is at the very top of her profession. I am not alone in predicting that Liz Haywood-Sullivan will be recognized as a painter for the ages.
"How can an artist resist the gorgeous colors of the Boston Garden’s rhododendrons? This painting is a study in complements of pink and warm green. The direct midday sun on the pavement bounces up onto the granite gateposts and wrought iron fence helping to define their forms."
"The heavy humidity of night is rising and evaporating as the sun comes up…a harbinger of the coming fall when such scenes become commonplace as temperatures, and seasons, change."
'Dancing Light: Changing Seasons' is viewable September 28th - November 9th, 2019.
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