Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Journeys: Intimate and Infinite

Journeys:  Intimate & Infinite
Paintings & Photography
Lewis Riddell, Susan Ann Thornton, Valentine McKay-Riddell, Bruce Wilson

La Tienda Exhibit Space in Eldorado
Opening Saturday, March 30, 2013
4-6 PM 

Through April 27

Journeys is a celebration of our lives:  the roads we’ve traveled, places we’ve lived, challenges met and overcome.  It is a compilation of the work of four artists, each of us hoping to share some of the wisdom and appreciation for life that we’ve gained along the way.

Lewis Riddell began painting in the early 70s, after returning from a long tour of duty in Vietnam as a Naval Air navigator.  Lewis’s acrylics on paper depict his physical journeys in the American Southwest, Pacific Coast, and Asia, as well as metaphysical journeys into the soul of a man.    

Valentine McKay-Riddell’s photographs present moments of intimate beauty that emerge from the pattern of daily life.  She and Lewis met at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1976 and found that a journey shared can be far more fascinating and fulfilling than one taken alone.  They have collaborated on many ventures over the years, including a nonprofit service organization, Orenda Healing International, based in Santa Fe since 1992. 

Susan Ann Thornton is called “Sky Painter” by some of her friends. The sky is the star of her paintings and photographs. Susan’s artistic journey began as a child growing up between the East Coast and New Mexico, where she lives today. She has exhibited in solo and group shows since 1973. Susan believes her roll as an artist is to remind people of the importance of natural beauty to our well-being. Her paintings are her love letter to life.              

Bruce Wilson has been working as an artist in New Mexico since the early 80’s.
In 1989 he moved from New York City to Santa Fe and now has a home and studio in the historic Galisteo Basin. From his studio windows comes the daily inspiration for his art.  Organic shapes and pathways in the land inspire his drawings, while his paintings are abstracted from the evanescent colors of the sky.