You're invited to an art show by Jodie Maurer at the Willows at Brooking Park. The show includes new floral paintings, seascapes, forest landscapes, USA flag series, and a painting of the St. Louis Art Museum from Art Hill. The show will remain up from Memorial weekend into July. Please join us for the artist reception Saturday, June 23rd from 2-4pm.
The majority of Maurer's work was done on location. Three of the floral pieces were painted locally at Queeny park, St. Louis, MO earlier this spring. The St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM) was also painted plein air. The water fountains that lead up to SLAM capture the liveliness and romance of the location. Her seascapes are as gentle and refreshing as the shore breeze felt when viewing the distant lighthouse, and the strokes and application of paint are as bold and strong as the persistent waves.
A real gem in her show is her forest painting with a few white trees (suggestions of birches) and a quaint cool stream passing through the hills. This painting was completed on location at Cascade Pass in the New York Adirondack Mountains. In this work she was moved by the deliberate forms and uses of color that flowed to her effortlessly, partially a result of her previous work and studies in the area. When painting plein air the artist is like a sponge, absorbing everything in sight that contributes to the strength and significance of the location.
In addition to her landscapes, Maurer's USA flag paintings are displayed prominently in celebration of Memorial Day and the 4th of July. This USA flag series serves as a reminder of the brave acts that gave birth to this country and continue to protect her as well as the strong character and morality that are needed to sustain her. These flags are truly one of a kind, inspired, and full of vitality. A theme in her USA flag series is unity. The intermingling of the stripes and blending in the stars suggest that even though each state is individual and parts of the country are white, and parts are blue and parts are red they're all needed to make the whole.