Capturing the essence of place in art - Kathleen Perelka at Arts in the Park, Belfast

By Arts in the Park | Jun 28, 2014

Kathleen Perelka's paintings are vibrant and earthbound. She says,  “I am working to capture the vanishing Maine landscape through my pastels. The open fields of hay, corn and other crops with just a hint of human occupation in the distance remind me of my childhood in central Maine. I look to capture the light reflecting off the trees, hay bales, distant metal roofs, and blades of grass.

I love the vibrant red blueberry fields in October, the marshes and bogs and other somewhat hidden and under-explored places. I look for the blues and lavenders in the snow in winter; the golds and the greens in summer.

My pastel paintings are bright. My style is impressionistic. I don’t strive to capture every little detail. Instead, I am looking to capture the essence of a place, a time of year or a time of day.”

Kathleen will be back at Arts in the Park in Belfast on July 12 and 13.

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