Arlene Thornton

603 Warren St, Hudson

The inspiration for my recent work has been landscape and rivers, especially the Hudson River. The movement of the water and sky, the color and constantly changing light, are timeless and mesmerizing. The forms and colors I see are internalized through many hours of direct observation; in the studio, the memory of what I have experienced takes form in my paintings and drawings.


My work is abstract. I use various media, including oil, acrylics, graphite, oil stick, charcoal, wax and dry pigments on canvas, paper, and wood. My working process is largely intuitive, with an additive-subtractive approach. 

Arlene Thornton

603 Warren St, Hudson

The inspiration for my recent work has been landscape and rivers, especially the Hudson River. The movement of the water and sky, the color and constantly changing light, are timeless and mesmerizing. The forms and colors I see are internalized through many hours of direct observation; in the studio, the memory of what I have experienced takes form in my paintings and drawings. …more

The forms and colors I see are internalized through many hours of direct observation; in the studio, the memory of what I have experienced takes form in my paintings and drawings.

My work is abstract. I use various media, including oil, acrylics, graphite, oil stick, charcoal, wax and dry pigments on canvas, paper, and wood. My working process is largely intuitive, with an additive-subtractive approach. 

 

The works have many layers, surfaces are often scraped or gouged, paint is added, wiped out, replaced, in a process of discovering and revealing what is hidden beneath the surface. In my work, I am seeking an essence, pushing the limits of the various media I use, while leaving room for improvisation and accident. The marks I make record my experience in the moment, and my memories of the past, in an ongoing search for a balance between form and content. For me, the act of painting is an exploration of my inner and outer world.”