ARTIST STATEMENT: For this exhibition entitled ‘Impressions of a Landscape’, I will be exhibiting work that has emerged in response to my time on Fogo Island, Newfoundland this past Fall. I was fortunate to spend 2 weeks as an artist-in-residence with the TiltingAIR program, living and working from the Jennifer Keefe House in Tilting. I’ve been exploring and painting rock formations, or “geological portraits” as I like to call them. The geology of Fogo Island, the way it has manifested in the physical landscape and influenced the people and communities on Fogo heavily coloured my experience of place and was the centre of my creative practice while I was there. Back in my Collingwood studio, I have been working from sketches and photographs to produce some larger pieces of finished work.
ARTIST BIO: Kara McIntosh is a contemporary Canadian painter who explores the rhythms and patterns of the natural landscape in an abstracted style. Using strong, assured brushwork, Kara works to investigate her curiosity around connection and resiliency within the experience of place. Through a practice of immersion, observation and response to place, Kara’s work is rendered in both loose impasto and careful mark making that create energy and capture a story.
Kara lives near Nottawa, ON with her family and works full time from her studio in Collingwood. Her work can be found in many private collections in Canada, the US, Europe and Australia.