Regina Allen, gruvkitty9@gmail.com

     

     My paintings explore our rapidly changing natural world and global climate. Using a contrast of color, shape, value, and brushstroke, I examine the patterns of conflict in the terrain between people and the environment. The conflicts are many: Urban and rural, developed and virgin, irrigated and dry. But despite the effects of mining and extraction, water control, and natural calamities, beauty remains. My work celebrates the abstract elements of landscape, grounding itself in real imagery from aerial and satellite photographs. The sensuousness of the thick oil paint, the subtle beauty of decorative and handmade papers, and the heavy expressiveness of the color extol the sublime beauty of the landscape offsetting the distressing content. I have apprehensions and anger about a changing environment. I feel helpless in the face of so much change and destruction, and my art becomes a repository for these fears, buoyed by a little wisp of hope like a prayer or a wish.