Shannon Slattery

Landscape Painting
In and Out at the Villa

22 Burnham Road
West Newton MA 02465

Artist Contact Info:
(617) 775-3976
I have spent the past several years painting the trees and coast near my summer home in Maine. I walk everyday when I am there, and the route I take brings me up and down hills and through woods. Maine is famous for its craggy coast and the ground is often uneven with granite ledge poking through the moss. Other times a grouping of trees, perhaps all having sprung from a single parent, huddle or march together in rows, creating a kind of visual music.

Many of the trees cling to the surface, especially the white pines, which grow so straight and carpet the ground with their needles I see them as struggling to hold on, and they represent to me the connection to the earth and nature that is essential.

It is critical that we preserve and protect the natural world, it is our home. The trees are sentinels, bell weathers and guardians, if we protect them they will care for us.

Profits from the sale of my paintings are donated to various groups whose mission is land conservation, including Maine and Mass Audubon, KELT and The Trustees.

As a painter I am guided by process, I apply paint by any and all means and will just as often wipe, sand or scrape the board as paint with a brush. At the intersection of drawing and painting, color line and texture are the means to describe what I see and how I connect to my environment.

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