“Works in Quarantine”
My work in this uncertain time reflects sorting out, isolation, and major distractions but finally resulted in a body of work for this show. Somewhat scattered in subject matter, but hopefully cohesive in execution. Drawing is my first love and so the lines drawn with charcoal or graphite evident in my work create a “Painted drawing”. Thick black strokes or tentative pale traces define the edges and create the fusion of graphite and paint.
I’ve revisited subject matter that I explored in the past, maybe as a means of comfort in these trying times. I also experimented with a new and challenging encaustic (hot wax) medium. Each day was a journey, an avenue for exploration keeping me both occupied and distracted from the chaos.
In all of my figurative pieces, the features are undefined or suggested, therefore placing the focus on the figurative form. The Bay Area Painters, Parks, Oliveira, and Diebenkorn, are my artistic heroes and I look to their work especially in my figurative pieces. I attended figure drawing sessions pre-pandemic and the figure is my first love. The drawings from these sessions inform my work and are my references for additional studio pieces. The animals in my work are sourced from direct observation in my neighborhood and especially from my own furry children, Bella, Fiona, and Fin Olive. I hope you enjoy this journey in these extraordinary times.
Jackie lives in Lancaster city with her furry children Bella, a doodle and Fiona, a fluffy calico cat. Jackie graduated from Kutztown University with a BS in art education, and continued graduate work at Millersville University, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, Maryland College of Art, and Penn State University. Jackie currently is retired from a 25 year teaching career from Donegal High School, teaching advanced level drawing and painting classes. Teaching is her love and inspiration and many of her students have gone on to successful careers in the fine and applied arts.
The paintings in this ongoing ‘Hibernation’ series are inspired by the landscape in Southern Pennsylvania made up of successions of rolling hills, the imprint of Amish and English farms and old mills standing next to creek beds, mushroom houses and subdivisions filling small farm plots. There is a timeless quality to this landscape that affords astounding views in every direction. My eye is attracted to the layering of diverse shapes, colors and textures stacking up to the horizon line.
As the surface of the canvas is altered over many stages of dragging paint and tools across it, so is the earth through centuries of geological and human activities. I consider this connection when making a painting and so for me, the resulting blotches, spots, texture, and history of layering represents this ongoing perennial cycle.
While making this latest grouping of paintings, I’ve enjoyed even more the simple delight in 2 colors that harmonize together, or a rough and smooth texture that might complement one another. (Because of the pandemic, I’ve slowed down to notice some of these more subtle moments, as birds singing, or the taste of a fresh tomato.) My titles celebrate these small moments as grand and monumental – when life is less cluttered with the rushing around we’ve gotten so accustomed to.
Currently, Temre’s artwork draws from the local landscape in the Brandywine valley region as a landscape of memory, poetry and life. Born and raised in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, Temre has lived in a wide range of places, including central Indiana, the Hudson Valley in New York, and Japan, where she taught drawing at KIDI Parsons and studied ikebana. She currently resides and works full time in her studio in Landenberg, Pennsylvania.
Temre Stanchfield studied classical figure painting at University of Puget Sound in Washington State, Studio Art Center International in Florence Italy, and University of Arizona, eventually, earning her MFA in 2001. She turned her artistic focus toward the organic world when working as an Artist in Residence at The Trolley Museum of New York in the Hudson Valley in 2009. While there, her paintings depicted the natural process of renewal, embodied in the ever-changing landscape. Later her focus transitioned into working with ideas of renewal through flowers and plant parts. Currently Temre’s artwork draws from the local landscape in the Brandywine valley region as a landscape of memory, poetry and life.