June 20th — August 15, 2018
Elemental features life’s essential elements - EARTH, AIR and WATER - as expressed through the plein air landscape paintings of Tina Kraft and Cynthia Maronet, two Palm Beach County artists, who capture the beautiful Florida landscape we often take for granted.
Through out the exhibition we invited the community to respond to the need to preserve our local ecology by taking part in a “reuse replication” of two selected paintings in the exhibition using Resource Depot materials (“broken bits”). The final community collaboration was revealed at the closing celebration of the exhibition.
About the Artist
The new series of paintings I am exhibiting in Resource Depot’s GalleRE represent a visual tribute to the private paradise on the Earman River in North Palm Beach where I have lived for the past 35 years. A pair of large oak trees twisted with age and dozens of palm trees dominate the lush tropical landscape. Each evening the back yard and river are flooded with brilliant light, cloud formations, and reflections. Capturing those vibrant moments became my focus. The paintings seem to relate and connect as they tell the story of my environment and life.
After painting outside in nature for over 17 years, my shift to exploring the more abstract qualities of skies and reflections was a very natural progression. Each time I set up my easel at the beach, a park, or my backyard, I experience the joy of mixing and putting color next to color and watching it create a sense of space and movement. All those years of standing out in the wind, mist or heat taught me to work quickly and decisively to capture dynamic moments with paint.
Tina Kraft has been living on South Florida’s coast for the last three decades. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University. In 2010, she moved to New York City to study painting and drawing with Graham Nickson and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from The New York Studio School. Since returning to her home in Florida, she has focused her attention on painting the surrounding landscape. Her paintings are in private collections here in Palm Beach and have been included in various solo and group shows in New York, California, and Florida.