Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride, both from Berlin, Md., will exhibit their paintings at the Peninsula Gallery May 28 through June 29. A reception to meet both artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., May 28. Both specialize in “plein air” work, where small paintings are completed onsite and used as studies for larger studio pieces, rather than painting direct from photographs. Both paint in oil and for this show have traveled the Eastern Shore recording the things they love, many of which are now beginning to disappear in the name of progress.
Lockhart graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor of science in art and biology before studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her equine work has been featured in several publications and she has illustrated a number of children’s books. She paints in a range of styles from surreal and illustrative to semi-impressionistic. She uses techniques from pointillism to scumbling (scrubbing on paint so that the underpainting shows through). Often what is left out of a painting is as important to her as what she puts in. For this show she says, “I paint what I love. Ponies on the beach lazily swatting flies, gardens that are a little unkempt and the landscape as I remember it. I have spent a lot of time wandering the Eastern Shore on foot, horseback and in a series of old trucks. As the shore changes I have to rely more on memory.The open spaces of my childhood are closing, urging me to work a little faster.”
McBride has had 25 years of experience painting images and people of the Eastern Shore. His work is influenced by Edward Hopper and the California landscape painters of the 1900s. “Everything has its particular moment of beauty when the light creates something breathtaking to view,” he said.
“I often find that fleeting moment in the light of early morning or dusk — my favorite time to paint.” McBride makes the viewer aware of these special moments by the use of warm and cool contrasts of deep shade and light on the ordinary objects and images that he likes to paint. For this show he said, “This collection of new paintings are images of the places where I spend most of my time, places not far from the ocean. Certain places catch the morning or evening light and create compositions that I just have to paint. This group captures some of these places that soon may vanish; coastal farms and beachfront cottages for example. But at least I will always have the big skies over flat fields and stretches of unobstructed dunes for inspiration.”
Peninsula Gallery is located just across the canal bridge at 520 Savannah Road in Lewes and is open seven days a week. The whole show may be previewed on the gallery Web site www.peninsula-gallery.com. For further information, call (302) 645-0551.