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Irma Soltonovich

Preparation for this year's solo show was very different. Covid - 19 seemed to dominate every aspect of my life. As a very social person I missed much: visiting friends, eating out, travel , browsing in my fav art stores. Everything! After days of super naps, binge watching HBO (the wire, true detective), I knew I had to move beyond hope and fear. I reminded myself of my favorite quotes and poems, and books. I began with a Balzac quote, "the days melt in my hands like ice in the sun" and with the Zen saying, "never turn away; always turn toward". Many people know me for my large abstract prairie landscapes, so it was with glee I found this Emily Dickinson quote, "To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,- one clover, and a bee and revery." Revery is of course assisted by a wee dram of single cask, single malt ( SMWS) or a glass of wine ( thanks Blue Grouse Winery for your gift). Carefully over the next few weeks I painted. It is with joy, I present these new works. Irma Soltonovich

To me, the act of painting encompasses all of who i am. using the simplest of line and shape, the subtlest shift of color, my goal is to evoke an emotion, a feeling, a memory… initially, for me in the doing, and then again and again for the viewer. i paint what i need to paint and am delighted when someone connects to it and it changes their landscape.”