Kathleen Galligan

A Moment in Twilight

A Moment in Twilight, pastel, 5"x12", 2003, NFS

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  My years of studying and painting light and its effects on landscape allow me to access information stored away internally. Distancing myself from the external stimuli, I now find I am most expressive in the quiet confines of my studio. Through this distancing, imagination and memory merge, and I am able to paint what is my personal vision. Recently, I have been developing atmospheric paintings that capture the transient effects of light over land and water--distant rain squalls, the rapid changes in light as clouds move across land and sea, and in a series of nocturnes, the more subtle changes in light that occur as day becomes dusk and as night becomes becomes dawn. There exists an ethereal quality to this body of work. While many of the images suggest an unsettled atmosphere, I believe the allure of hopefulness and peace lies within.