A Day by the River
Oil on canvas
20″ x 16″
More about Alice Webb
As an artist, the creation of images that the viewer can reflect on and be rejuvenated by, has always been my top priority. I work in oils with a focus primarily on the landscape.
There are an infinite number of ways to color canvas with excitement. The graceful or wild lines created by a mountain or a river; the contrast in light and shadow; all the simple, complex, natural and man-made shapes that make up the landscape delight me. I am particularly interested in the Southwest because of its fierce beauty. In my landscapes, I first have to find the composition of the painting. I may move rivers and mountains, reimagining the scene when I draw the contours of the physical structures. As Gauguin said, “I close my eyes in order to see.” At this point, I surrender to the process and allow my “I” to get out of the way. This is why I paint – to reach that meditative state where the painting takes on a life of its own.
Although I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters in Art Education from UNM, it was by studying the Taos Founders and painting in the very spots they frequented during the eighties, that I truly learned to paint. Then, I worked with, listened to, looked at works by, and read books by other artists.
Over the past thirty-five years I have exhibited both nationally and internationally, in museums, universities, galleries and juried shows. Hopefully I have created a feast for your eyes and that you can enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed creating them.