|Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 48"
Looming Landscapes & Curious Creatures
by Mickey Bond
The rugged landscapes of Nambe, Abiquiu and Santa Fe, and the cows that graze them inspired
the series of canvases entitled, Looming Landscapes and Curious Creatures. As a dedicated plein air
painter, I spend as much time as I can out of doors observing, drawing and painting. The paintings drawn from this experience
reflect different seasons, weather conditions, times of the day, and frames of mind. In each painting I have sought
to evoke the dynamic natural forces that created the landscape of northern New Mexico and continue to shape it today.
All art seeks to translate an experience of something intangible and incommunicable into
something tangible and communicable. The scenes and animals I paint are abstracted from my experience of nature's drama
and mystery. The plasticity of acrylic and the translucency of some polymer mediums allow me to record and reveal my
process in each painting. Gestured brushwork, an expressionist palette, sculptural peaks and grooves created with thick polymer
mediums and a play of lost and found edges are tangible tools I use in an ongoing work of translation.
in Tel Aviv, Israel, and raised in the Boston area, Mickey Bond has lived in Santa Fe since 1994. She was recently interviewed
for an Albuquerque Journal North Lifestyles’ article: “Encounters with the Muse: Artists Find Creative Challenge
and Fellowship in Short, Intensive Workshops,” by Emily Van Cleve (June 30, 2005).
The article features Bond’s “path from amateur to professional painter,” and may be read on-line
at the Albuquerque Journal North’s website.