Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 2-5 p.m.
Kit Wilson has always been fascinated with nature. Variations in atmosphere, color and light found in the outdoors has long captured her imagination. In earlier paintings Wilson frequently aimed her focus on trees, broad views of the sky, and the undulating topography of open spaces, depicting them with nearly microscopic realism. In her most recent work, Wilson continues to hone her sharp observational skills as her gaze drops to take in the bodies of water she finds herself surrounded by on a daily basis.
As Wilson explains, “I paint the landscape I inhabit, hoping to convey optimism. Lately, I’ve been drawn to water because of its beautiful reflective quality and also just by proximity. … I am moved by the scale of our vast landscape composed of water, earth, and sky. While sometimes feeling small in a big world can be overwhelming, at other times it makes me feel wildly hopeful. This is why I focus on the small in the big picture. I paint the sky with a large brush, but the details are done with tiny brushes. For me, painting the details is a form of meditation. I can slowly appreciate the little things that make up this broad view.”
A Minneapolis native and full-time artist, Wilson has exhibited her work at Groveland since 2002 and maintains a studio in South Minneapolis. Her work is included in numerous Twin Cities private and public collections.
The artist will be present at the opening reception Saturday, December 3rd from 2-5 pm. The opening reception and exhibition run concurrently with New Work, an exhibition of new paintings by Fred Anderson in the Annex Gallery. Both shows continue through January 21, 2017.