Magazine article Southwest Art

Bock & Markwardt

Magazine article Southwest Art

Bock & Markwardt

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WHEN PAINTERS Lori Faye Bock and Sharon Markwardt found out they were going to have a show together at Waxlander Gallery, they set up a lunch date to talk about a possible theme. "We were brainstorming and came up with the idea of focusing on eyes," says Bock, who, along with Markwardt, loves painting animals. "In both of our works, the eyes are very important."

The Eyes Have It! is presented at the gallery from October 1 through 14, with an artists' reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 4. The more than 50 works illustrate the artists' abilities to paint expressive eyes as well as their attention to detail.

Animals on Bock's farm near Abiquiu, NM, are muses for her colorful and playful acrylic paintings. A menagerie of indoor cats and dogs and a flock of sheep are Bock's constant companions and models for her paintings. Among her two dozen pieces in the show, many depict animals looking intensely at the viewer. Bock describes her latest pieces as more realistic, detailed, and painterly than ever before. "Lori's work has a naive, primitive, and fun interpretation of animals," says gallery owner and artist Phyllis Kapp. "The eyes that Lori creates in each animal can be playful and ready to pounce in one image, then wise and motherly in the next."

While cats and dogs inspire Bock, cattle and other ranch animals capture Markwardt's attention. Markwardt is a fourth-generation Texan who lives across the street from longhorns that often find their way into her vibrant oil paintings. "Sharon sees into the animal and portrays its spirit with a deep insight that is joyfully felt through color," says Kapp. …

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