“Rocky Flows” (WA) 36″ x 48″, 2010. Private collection Texas
In 2010 I returned to Washington state to paint. This time, however, instead of focusing the woods I wanted to paint the water because I had been so surprisingly intrigued by my first attempts at it the summer before. I had been trying to capture the changing light over the course of the day on dense woods (and trying to do so on a large scale) for a while and had actually been avoiding painting water…at least in Florida where the water is often stagnate & opaque and therefore, functions too much like a resting point in my paintings which is something I do not want in my highly active “over-all” compositions. In Washington state, however, there are clear, moving waters that have rapids, rocks and logs in them so it turned out these waters were even more complicated and had even more moving & changing color/parts than the woods. This meant I had to try to capture not just the surface of the water, but also the movement of that surface. On top of that, I had to capture the changing reflections of the sky and clouds as well as what I could see below the surface of the water as it ebbed and flowed down stream.
“Teal Fluidity: Morning” (WA) 15″ x 30″, 2009. Private collection Dallas
Talk about the complex nature of trying to capture first-hand the multidimensional and ever-changing experience of being in a specific location…painting water was it! I was mesmerized and hooked…I rented a cabin with a small, make-shift shed-studio were I was able to spend almost a month painting by the banks of the Skykomish River.
“Big Bock Bank” (WA) 36″ x 48″, 2009. Private collection Texas
“Autumn Falling” (NH) 2006, 48″ x 30″ private collection Germany
Coalition of Women in the Arts Organization Regional Women Artists: Exploring Nature, Spirituality, and Universal Order Thursday, February 11, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM Acapulco, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago Chair: Kyra Belan, Broward College; Mother Earth, Thought Woman: Mixed-Media Installation Kyra Belan, Broward College A New Urgency and Relevance in Postmodern Plein-Air Painting Lilian Garcia-Roig, Florida State University; Women, Nature, and New Technology Jeane Cooper, Florida Atlantic University; Tribute and Remembrance: Vanitas and the Holocaust in the Works of Helene Baker Debra Murphy, University of North Florida.
More than a Brush With Nature: Plein-Air Paintings by Lilian Garcia-Roig was a solo exhibition at University of North Florida’s Art Gallery in Jacksonville, FL. I was also a visiting artist there and gave a gallery talk. This show opened concurrently with a larger show I was having at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville so I basically was showing everything I had left in my studio in the city of Jacksonville for the months of November & December! Debra Murphy, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at UNF, curated this show and she wrote an article about this show for the Oct/Nov issue of Arbus (North Florida’s Arts & Business Magazine) magazine (pages 58-62), She also wrote a curatorial essay for the catalog for the MOCA.
“Greens on Greens” (WA) diptych 30″ x 48″
was included in New American Paintings #88 (Southern edition) juried by Barbara O’Brien, curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City MO. In her juror’s comments (p 3.), she was impressed by my monumental use of scale and called my works, “tour de force reinvestigations of the plein-air painting tradition”…Wow.
“Branch Flows” (WA) diptych, 2010
DETAIL of “Branch Flows”
“Sugar Maple-O” (WA) 30″ x 24″, Image on the invitation
I was invited to be a visiting artist and have a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery at Broward College in March of 2010. I was able to show extensive works from WA as well as some from NH & FL.
“Trunk Trio” (WA) 48″ x 48″
DETAIL of top right section of “Trunk Trio” (WA)