Magazine article Southwest Art

Stephanie Hartshorn & Elsa Sroka

Magazine article Southwest Art

Stephanie Hartshorn & Elsa Sroka

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Abend Gallery, November 6-28

THOUGH THEY DIFFER in choice of subject matter, Stephanie Hartshorn and Elsa Sroka are united in their dedication to their crafts, and also in their use of dynamic, energetic brush strokes. All these qualities are on ample display this month as the Colorado artists present substantial bodies of work-more than 20 paintings each-during their show at Abend Gallery Fine Art. The exhibition opens with an artists' reception on Friday, November 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sroka continues to explore what is becoming her signature subject: cows. "Many of her works have taken a focused, portraitlike scope to the subjects, infusing them with almost humanlike personalities," says Connor Serr, co-curator of the gallery. Indeed, Sroka has been playing up this personification by titling her pieces after human emotions, such as gratitude. Recently, however, she has begun placing the cows in whimsical, surreal settings-a mother and calf floating in a rowboat at sea, or a cow wearing shoes and walking across a field. Although she absorbs influences ranging from childhood storybooks to contemporary design magazines, Sroka notes that these vantage points emerge without conscious thought. "I take [the cows] as my subject, then play around with my imagination as to where I can put them," she says. In this latest work, Sroka says she's been layering paint more, letting the texture and brushwork become more pronounced-a technique she shares with Hartshorn.

Hartshorn has long seen the paint on her canvases as a structural element. "I think [collectors] are going to see a lot more of that here. …

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