C. Beck: New Work
- July 1st - 31st
- Reception: Tuesday, July 11th, 3-6pm
Charles Beck paints every day. An unfinished painting motivates him. A blank canvas waiting for an idea can sometimes be a frustration. He may ask, ‘What should I do now?’ when he needs inspiration for a new piece.
Beck’s latest paintings, completed since the summer of 2016, show a new style, with a hint of something familiar.
For the past several years, Beck has been using acrylic paint to make nature come alive on his canvas. His first endeavors with acrylics included works with delightful trees bedecked in colorful flowers. This was certainly a new direction in his style after working so many years carving and printing woodcuts.
His more recent images of stunning sunsets, snowfalls, lone trees with blazing colors, all interpret the sights around us. Many of his recent works also include his signature trees, some done with ink pen. These landscapes resemble the depth and texture we find in his woodcuts.
No longer inspired by his frequent drives in the countryside, Beck now draws ideas from his memory – with images he has stored away in his mind. A few have been inspired by new sightings, such as the “super moon” he viewed in November 2016 near Underwood while out for a ride in the country. Within days of seeing the super moon ascend from the horizon, that moon became the focal point of several paintings.
Beck admits that his artwork is what keeps him going. Coming up with subject material and his creativity give him energy.
As viewers, we see images of his past work but also a new dimension inspired by nature.