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Kevin Muente

Artist's Statement:

     As a landscape painter I am interested in creating environments in my paintings where people would like to spend some time. I feel my role as an artist is to experience places in a more in-depth manner and communicate those experiences to the viewer. Most of the time I start my paintings on site where I get swept up in the moment, consciosly paying attention to the noises, smells, and changes in light and temperature of a place. At a certain point I have to finish my paintings in the studio, because I become obsessed with particular elements of the landscape, such as leaves, branches or stones. To me, landscape is too complex to be handled in a simple way. I feed off the energy created by the various forms of nature and think dismissing even the most minure detail of a landscape is like not adding all the ingredients to your favorite recipe.
     My work is about capturing the spirit of a place. I think a good landscape painting can transcend the barriers between the art-experienced and the general pubic. It is important to me that everyone is able to understand and enjoy my paintings. In essence, I want to communicate to the viewer the same sense of visual overlad that I experienced when I made the painting.

(Image Gallery of Kevin Muente)

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