So with no time to prepare and no idea what I would be asked I drove over to the museum. It turned out to be a interesting experience. We talked about what I find inspiring in the landscape in Connecticut, what I'm trying to say with my work, why I create art, and most difficult of all what people in Connecticut are like. Well gosh, I've never really thought about that! I said they are thrifty, practical, conservative in their tastes and more liberal in their politics. I hope I haven't offended anyone!
I brought some glossy postcards of my work and we talked about this painting, Peace in the Valley that was worked up in the studio from a plein air done just a mile or two from the museum.
Here's the plein air study.....
Lord Creek Farm, 6x8 acrylic on panel
I talked about the endurance of the land, the wild loneliness of the marsh, and the comparison of the American landscape, only recently cutivated and developed, compared to the European landscape with its Roman ruins, medieval castles and monasteries and ancient cultivated farmlands. We talked about the art colony that grew up in Old Lyme at Miss Florence's boarding house and how my work is part of that thread and how I enjoyed the time early in my career at the artist's colony on Monhegan Island.
It's a very unusual experience having someone ask you probing questions about who you are as an artist, what your work is about and how it fits into the grander picture. Enriching, but unusual!