Setting up a burn in the woods is a favorite fall ritual on a cool, not windy, day. We like the exercise of cleaning up areas of our woods, picking up, carrying and burning limbs and sticks that litter the ground after rain and storms. If we save some hardwood to make coals, we can roast a chicken or cook some wild mushrooms while we enjoy the visual excitement of a sunset through the smoke. Or the glow of embers and ashes as the fire dies down.

Since nature is what inspires me to paint, it has been natural to make images of the elements. Fly fishing led me In recent years to paint the creeks, streams and small rivers where we hope to land rainbow or brook trout. The exceptional challenge of painting water or fire is how to capture the continuously shifting light and color and convince a viewer that although the painting is static, the fire, or water, are in constant motion.

Adele Wayman’s paintings reveal the techniques and nuances of her chosen medium. The artist meticulously works and reworks her canvases adding layers of paint only to scrape them off to repaint the surface again and, often, again. Wayman’s paintings can reveal two different scenes or the same scene in different light, different moods or veer toward abstraction—letting the viewer deep into the artist’s nuanced mind, as it wanders with focused attention through the seasons outside the big bay windows of her studio. As Wayman named her studio, Forest Light, so too has she titled her exhibition at the Turchin Center. Inspired by the natural world, she has chosen to live in the secluded wooded country side outside of Greensboro, NC where she honors the light through daily meditation and work in her studio.

Mary Anne Redding,
Curator, Turchin Center of Visual Art,
Appalachian State, Boone, NC

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