Peaks and Valleys: Around the Wasatch Front by Trish Melander
Reception: Thu, Jun 14, 7–8:30pm
Painting plein air captures a moment of light and shadow on a scene, and also represents an early morning or sun-baked afternoon of my life. Sometimes I am on top of the world surrounded by a glittering landscape made more brilliant by a rain that stopped just before I got there and everything smells fresh and clean. Other times, I'm standing in the mud, head pounding with a sinus infection, snow on my glasses and frigid fingers and toes. Those moments in my life, whether they are the ecstatic ones or the suffering ones, make up the composition of moments that are represented by the physical beauty I am breathing in during the painting process.
As we review images of our lives and surroundings, we remember still frames of best times, unvarnished by grief, loss, or emptiness. I propose that our hands produce grand works created on sorrowful days where perfect clouds cover our bowed heads. We also craft beautiful renderings from delicious immortal afternoons that ring of children’s laughter in the distance. Both peak and valley fall into a wobbly, swirling line to represent us.
Trish lives in Salt Lake City, Utah in a 1921 hand-built wooden bungalow. Trish is often captured in photographs either wearing a helmet or with her mouth open. Her first plein air painting was in a dirt lot near Midway’s Soldier Hollow in high winds using a studio easel that had no clips. Holding onto the canvas with one hand, she managed to get a minimal amount of oil paint on the hands, arms, car trunk and other objects besides the actual painting. She prefers a number 8 synthetic brush, a long palette knife, cadmium red light, and pointing her easel in a way that allows the sunshine to fall on her palette.
Location: Marmalade Branch
Contact Information: 801-594-8680