September 22-November 10, 2013 – Michele BonDurant: Paintings
These paintings place the rigidity of rock formations against the fluidity of the water. The rocks, seemingly unmovable, untouchable. The water, sometimes still, almost unmoving, other times angry and powerful. I as the painter/observer place myself in this relationship.
Most of these painting have been done in two locations. The coastline of Maine, and the Georgian Bay coast on the Bruce Peninsula in Canada. They were done en plein air, working outdoors. I feel this is necessary to understand the mood of the day and to really see the colors and shapes of the water and rocks and their relationship.
A few painting have trees along a coastline. I find I am interested in trees which “stand” along the shoreline as if they were a person watching the water.
This work is influenced by Donald Teskey, David Hockney and Lois Dodd.
About the Artist
Michele BonDurant was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She is currently a resident of Dayton, Ohio. Since childhood, she has drawn and painted while at home, in school and when attending classes at The Dayton Art Institute.
Michele attended Wright State University, receiving a BFA, graduating magna cum laude. Her focus at that time was sculpture. She worked as an architectural and engineering drafter using CAD.
Recently, Michele has been able to return to making art fulltime, deciding to paint. She joined DVAC and became a volunteer. Through DVAC she met Jean Koeller an accomplished painter, who became a good friend, teacher and supporter.
In September of 2011, Michele took a workshop with Lois Dodd in Maine. She returned again in September 2012 to work with Lois Dodd and Elizabeth O’Reilly.
In July 2013, Michele spent time on the Bruce Peninsula in Canada painting the rock coastline of the Georgian Bay. Rock coastlines are of great interest to Michele and she plans to continue exploring that landscape.