Portfolio > Vast, Solo Exhibit November 2018

Sea Change II
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
I Wanted Wings
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Sea Change I
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Seeing Through
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Sea Change III
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Beguiling Blue
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Serene Sea
Oil on canvas
14" x 11"
The Mirror
The Mirror
14" x 11"
Water Dance
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
At the Edge of Nowhere
Oil on canvas
36" x 24"
Step In
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Ebb and Flow
Ebb and Flow
48" x 36"
Calm
Oil on canvas
12" x 24"

Artist Statement
Vast
I gaze at the ocean, a mysterious and constantly changing reflection of its surroundings.
Light and motion create shifting patterns that imply a path to somewhere. My mind travels out to sea, lost in a water reverie.
Wild and tranquil, threatening and beautiful, the ocean is both intimately personal and infinitely universal.
Oh, to have that feeling of serenity from being on, in, or just near water.
I hear the waves as I paint.
-BKGibbs

My interest in seascapes reflects the 19th century romantic concept of finding solace in the beauty of nature, and current research that shows being around water provides a long list of benefits for our mind and body. The contemporary issue of human responsibility for the destruction of our oceans contrasts with our need for water. Sadly, we are killing the very element that gives us life.
On first glance the work may appear photographic, yet on closer look my oil paintings may reveal brushstrokes, unexpected color, and abstract detail of the water. These Ocean Field paintings have no horizon or reference to scale and lack human presence. The compositions could easily extend beyond the physical edge of the painting. An emotional narrative ̶ the vast ocean.