Paul Donaldson "Paintings"
September 7 - October 8
Reception: Sat, Sept 10, 5 - 7 PM
The paintings of Paul Donaldson are based on his observations of daily life in Mexico. The artist has spent many hours south of the border observing, photographing and preparing studies, focusing on various Mexican street scenes. His paintings are a painstaking process as he works and reworks, scrutinizing, constantly making fine adjustments as he slowly develops his imagery. His unique style perfectly captures the dazzling light and palpable atmosphere of his subject matter. Perhaps, however, it is really the lonely path of an artist that Donaldson conveys through his subjects, thoughtfully capturing a sense of isolation and struggle in much of his work.
Donaldson writes of his work: “Painting allows me to live a contemplative solitary life. The construction of each image is a tortuous, overlong inquiry which requires my complete presence. Infinite postulations, mostly unsuccessful potshots, final congeal. I begin with a pile of photos and drawings, a nebulous notion and faithfully, stroke by stroke, row towards land.
“As Laotse said, “I have just three things to teach, simplicity, patience and compassion, these are the greatest treasures.”