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……….and, if so, would you like the viewer to entertain that thought? (or) were you rather trying to encapsulate the inherent beauty of the region?
Just like nature, my landscape paintings do not reveal the contradiction. Only my artist statement does. As an artist, I make sure that my art conveys enough information that a viewer can connect with it simply by looking. If two people were to read the statement, one might entertain this contradiction while the other might forget about it. A third person might choose to ignore the statement altogether, fully embracing the aesthetic appeal of the work. These are all legitimate ways of interacting with the Landscapes. And there is no downside side to romantic innocence in art appreciation--after all, one can’t get infected from a painted stream.
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