There are as many ways to look at the landscape as there are artists who choose to paint it. For some, the natural world is point of departure for explorations of color and light. Other artists, particularly in recent times, have chosen to depict the natural world as threatened by human activities. Seattle painter Juliana Heyne, now showing at Francine Seders Gallery in Phinney Ridge, chooses a different route. Her unconventional compositions are the record of her very subjective responses to her wide-ranging travels, and the resulting pictures strike out in several directions at once. KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, joins us now with his thoughts on the work of this intriguing painter.
In times past, drawing was seen as the art of line and shape, painting that of tone and color. Hopelessly out of date as these distinctions now are, they are still a useful starting point in discussing the work of artist Juliana Heyne. The basic building block of her current show is the scribble, a painted mark that conventionally belongs more to the world of line and ink, than to that of paint and brush.