For the Love of Land and Sea ... Master Artists Donald Demers, William Hoyt and Joseph McGurl share their love of land and sea through their paintings; captivating the light, movement, and energy of their subjects, guided by their hearts and minds.
"My desire and motives to express myself visually began in early childhood. My efforts wandered among subjects typical of a small boy but soon began to focus on the rural farm land I grew up around and then the sea which I became immediately compelled with and fascinated by from the moment I was first exposed to it. I’ve never been able to explain the subject’s ability to reach deep within me and draw something out; something that speaks of and represents the past and the present and hosts a spiritual sense that is beyond the analytical mind. My work is not only visual to me. My aspiration is to have the visual elements that comprise my paintings embody and represent the human experience of heart and mind, so that I can see it for myself and share that experience with others. " Donald Demers
"Imitation is a way to learn and an opportunity to project one’s own feelings. Painting and drawing are a means of note taking and incorporating the observed world into ourselves. I choose to distill the constant flow of experience into a developing image which in turn becomes an additional experience of surfaces, tools, colors, and manipulations confirming witness to a chosen moment. What starts out as observation/imitation is overtaken as it becomes paint by the materials that become the subject; the way brushstrokes are laid side by side or softened together or any host of preferences acted upon. I still apparently feel a loyalty to my subjects and seek to render them most like what I observe; their intrinsic values rather than some scheme I could impose on them (think cubism)." William B. Hoyt
"As a landscape painter who interprets light, I also developed an interest in the study of modern physics. Coincidentally, as well as signifying spirituality, the particle that gives us light, the photon, is a primary vehicle for physicists to better understand the workings of the universe. My interests in the physical and spiritual implications of light are some of the many reasons why I never work from photographic reference. To paint light, I must paint actual light which is composed of photons. As a photograph contains no photons, it is impossible to interpret real light from a photograph. Although my studio paintings are often from my imagination, they are informed by thousands of plein air studies which lend emotional and empirical truth to the imaginary scenes depicted. Because of my love for the forms of nature and in an attempt to arrive at a more universal portrayal of reality as experienced by me, a high fidelity to visual impressions predominate over the individual ego and the narrative content in my art making." Joseph McGurl