Magazine article Southwest Art

Art Values

Magazine article Southwest Art

Art Values

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Barbara Applegate

Nicole's Pantry, Nîmes, oil, 12 x 16.

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Barbara Applegate participated in creative projects around the house. Whether it was using a potter's wheel or watching her mother paint in watercolors, "it was second nature to be drawing with color," she says. Today Applegate lives in Bristol, ME, in an old farmhouse, where she paints in her studio daily. "My interior paintings are a combination of places. I set the stage by grouping things inside my studio and then letting the light play off the objects," she says. NICOLE'S PANTRY, NIMES is reminiscent of areas in France where there is a wonderful sense of materials and fabrics. "I love the way the fabrics drape and fall and the light hits them," she says. She is represented by Highlands Art Gallery, Chester, NJ.

$2,500

Patricia Canney

Spectrum, oil, 24 x 24.

More than 10 years ago, after a career in advertising and marketing, Patricia Canney took the leap into becoming a full-time painter. Since then she has taken workshops with Kim English, one of her favorite painters, and has taught some of her own in the Hill Country of Texas. As for her style of painting, she says she is not a classical realist but rather a "contemporary representational painter." Canney started out painting interiors, but her most recent work has been paintings of garments and shoes. She has always been interested in sewing - her grandmother was a tailor at a men's clothing store. "It's been fascinating for me to paint dresses because they are sort of a portrait, but without the person. They might remind people of festivities or something more abstract, but they are kind of symbolic," she says. Her first series of dress paintings was based on a couple of photographs she shot from the sidewalk in New York City. "I painted SPECTRUM from photographs. I like the rainbow background and the swoop of the dress in front," she says. …

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