Rose Compass at Westmont

Our final iteration of “The River’s Journey” is now on view at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Art Museum on the campus of Westmont College. In conjunction with the beautiful exhibition “Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography”, we are focusing more on the individual artists work. This show will be on view until June 22, 2019. The more narrative exhibition of “The River’s Journey” is still on view at the Santa Barbara City Hall Gallery until March 22, 2019.

River Rubble, Santa Ynez River, gouache by Nina Warner

River Rubble, Santa Ynez River, gouache by Nina Warner

The work is grouped thematically and it was interesting to see the threads of ideas and images come together. With themes outlined by the photography show, we are presenting work that also exhibits similar qualities: Objective, Atmosphere, Exposure, and Narrative. We each represent a distinct approach to our own work and it was an interesting exercise to see how we reflected those categories.

My work tended to lean toward ‘Objective’ which is defined by the photography curator as “presenting an indifferent aesthetic, achieved by straightforward depictions of America’s changing landscape pockmarked by industry and residential development”. It was interesting to find these connections and to see the work from a totally different perspective of meaning.

River Shack, Santa Ynez, gouache by Nina Warner

River Shack, Santa Ynez, gouache by Nina Warner

I am often drawn to the human-made structures that I come across when out painting the landscape. Sometimes surprising and unexpected, many of the things I find are common and just exist in their space for some purpose. This adds a ‘narrative’ to the objective as well. Subtle or otherwise, the landscape changes when something ‘unnatural’ is placed in it.

Pool and Pipeline, Juncal Dam, gouache by Nina Warner

Pool and Pipeline, Juncal Dam, gouache by Nina Warner

We invite you to come see this exhibition and view all the work with this fresh, new perspective. Meanwhile, enjoy the rain and wet weather - a fitting conclusion to our drought and the “The River’s Journey”.