New York, NY
Kathy Buist explores the forms and contrasts of landscape in a way that is at once dramatic and deeply honest. When Buist sees a landscape, she always tries to look beyond the structures of what she sees and into something more inward, more elemental.
Each of these visual dramas, ranging from seven feet long to just four by six inches, is a play of strong, urgent forms, dominated, by a fresh and vigorous light that is always the most powerful character.
Having lived in New York City for over a decade, Kathy Buist's landscapes are of a very different topography. The pieces convey a reverence for the earth, which manifests itself in quite sensual ways.
These works play on the elemental values of sun, water, and morning mist to capture the spirit of each environment. It has been observed that some of her paintings almost impart the aroma of the earth. Each has an underlying sensual quality which will emerge in some surprising manner to reveal the paintings' essence. This comes from her intimate relationship with the subject matter.
In her paintings, Kathy Buist also explores the transformational qualities of light, using the subtle nuances found in refracted morning, afternoon or evening light to embody a particular moment in time. Perhaps these sensibilities are a result of having grown up on a flower farm in rural Michigan.
While sensual, the landscapes are also somewhat political. They return the viewer to a seemingly lost time in which humans interrelated on more fundamental levels with nature. They speak to today’s need for increasing environmental awareness, as well as preserving that environment.
"There is a generous amount of visual energy in Kathy Buist’s Long Island and Vermont scenes, so richly brushed they make the paint seem almost sensual. Her views are powerful and successful, for each wide stroke abbreviating a unit of vegetation takes on a comparatively grand scale in this format."
Kathy Buist's Curriculum Vitae...