Landscapes: The Red Mountain Series
Paintings by Elizabeth Solley Caine
Sponsored by MIFA Victory Theatre
April – May Gallery at Wistariahurst Museum
“A dynamic and innovative record of a living subject. Deriving their striking palette, dominated by variations of rich red, her works paint the natural world as a force that is formidable, alluring and ultimately consuming.” – Art Historian Maureen McVeigh
Increasingly interested in venturing out-of-doors to experience a deeper relationship with the Earth, in the past ten years Elizabeth Solley Caine has spent a great deal of time in many of our national parks observing the uniqueness of each. “When I first visited the Grand Canyon I found its majestic beauty overwhelming,” she writes. Solley Caine does not create traditional landscape paintings. She strives for a reasonably accurate depiction of her surroundings, but she is more interested in the feelings that the environment creates within her – the effect on her spirit and soul. This is what she tries to capture on canvas and share with the viewer.
Returning to large painting format, and by showing a number of large paintings together, she creates an environment. The size of the paintings in relationship to the size of the room creates an atmosphere that affects the viewer. Hanging multiple paintings together that have strong common elements, as in this Red Mountain Series, creates an installation of sorts. Her installation helps the viewer consider how the placing of artwork together can cause an emotional effect.
Elizabeth Solley Caine is a painter who resides in Northampton, MA and has exhibited at various galleries and venues in Western Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. www.esolleycaine.com