Lynn Boggess paints from nature, in the field, as opposed to working from photographs in a studio, which is how most contemporary landscape artists paint. A 5-inch cement trowel is his brush. He goes out to the back-country to a spot that moves him, sets up his easel and camps at the site for several days until his painting is finished.
Boggess grew up on a farm in West Virginia where all of his time was spent outdoors. Painting on site takes Boggess back to the streams and hillsides...back in touch with his roots. At a distance, Boggess’ large paintings look like photographs. One feels as though he or she is walking in a stream or climbing a mountain path. Snow scenes capture the blowing wind or the serene beauty of a snowy winter day. Upon closer inspection, thick, luscious layers of oil paint become visible, tempting you to touch the painting.
Lynn Boggess has refined a profoundly unique style of impasto landscape painting using oils, cement trowels and an occasional palette knife to create a bas relief that, in its own right, becomes the textured landscape of those several hours of total sensory immersion in plein-aire. To portray an immediacy and energy of these specific landscapes is an intent of each painting. Heavily detailed canvases take on three dimensional effects that draw the viewer into the vividly colored, receding spaces.
Boggess thrives on his solitary hours in nature. In his environmental interpretations, one never finds a trace of mankind. There are no fences, no barns, no utility poles or wires. Lynn Boggess chooses to open the eyes of the viewer to the pure beauty and nature of the subjects within the landscape, such as the trees, rivers, even snow banks. In his meticulous studies of light, color and texture, Boggess offers small windows into nature that are exquisite in their ability to soothe, yet excite, the soul.
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