JEROLYN DIRKS

PAINTING + MIXED MEDIA

ARTIST BIO

Yellowstone Park is grand, wildly beautiful and only two hours away. Yet, it has never moved me like the seasonal rhythm of our farm and the surrounding Bridger Mountains. My husband and I have lived for 30 years on an original homestead in Montana. The barns were made from logs hauled down from the mountain. I’ve spent winter evenings milking Guernsey cows in wood stanchions used a hundred years ago. So, when I paint an image of our barn – it’s like painting a portrait of someone who has aged gracefully while weathering the challenges of life.

I often hike with my painting kit up game trails that wind miles into the foothills. I’m fascinated by the subtle nuances of color and texture created by layers and layers of plant litter. The color harmony shifts with each season as does my palette. The foundation for my landscape images is the underpainting. I use many glazes and textural tools trying to capture the sense of organic material lying thickly under foot. Recently, I’ve experimented with painting on copper. Even when most of the copper is covered with paint – I know it’s there. I can feel the warmth that seeps thru like the hidden layers in fields and forest.

Artist John Twachtman is said to have painted familiar things, recording the appearance of sites in all seasons and weather conditions, finding in the familiar the mysterious and suggestive.

My work is focused on the familiar – sharing the characters I live with everyday.

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