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Gwenn Knapp



Chester County

Portraying reality in artwork is tricky business. Like any “realist”, I am moved
by reality and it is moved by me in turn, as I paint. I have an eye for detail and my artwork is inspired by the nuances of what I see. But the creative process, from vision and initial planning to final product, involves ongoing and deeply engaging problem-solving and endless decision-making that has complexity far beyond copying. It feels like magic to coax color, light and form into an image that conveys a sense of space, dimension and texture. Inescapably, that image always contains me too.
Painting traditional subject matter, I find that people, places and things each present me with challenges that are both different and similar. In all cases, I try to communicate some of the subject's inherent energy. My approach is academic and intellectual, but my involvement is emotional. I want my paintings to be accessible, cohesive and harmonious, with a cooperative relationship among the various elements. And I love the feel of oil paints. My connection with the materials themselves is visceral.
I paint because I love to do it. I see the world as full of beautiful things, and I love the process of expressing my visual enjoyment of life. I want to distill and share what surprises and delights me about what I see.


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