The Ulysses Philomathic Library is currently showing the work of Anne Bialke, a local painter of Trumansburg, New York. The artist’s use of form, line, and light reveal a unique impression of the natural world. While some pieces reveal expansive landscapes and still lives with broad brushstrokes, other paintings tightly focus on the lines and color of tree branches with expressive layering of color and carving lines into the medium of oil paint.
Anne Bialke states:
With a strong background in drawing, I am interested in line as it reveals the gesture and movement of living things. The drape of a tree, or a hand, or the contour of a horse’s leg, all are so important in describing that thing, how it moves against the wind, or rests against a cheek, or springs across the grass. My primary artistic inspiration in recent years has come from the American Impressionists, who captured moments of beauty with exciting color and shape but no dissolution of form. Their brushwork was descriptive, not formulaic, and their subjects have a reassuring solidity. This combination of poetry and realistic representation is what I strive to capture in my own work.