John Kane has been fascinated by art as far back as he can remember. He has a long-standing appreciation and love of landscape painting, and worked primarily outdoors rather than in his studio. He prefers to be known as an American painter. Recently, he has taken a turn towards modernism, like many New Hope painters have done before him.
Impasto, color temperature and composition beckon the viewer to experience the artist's journey.
Joseph Barrett has painted Bucks County landscapes for over 40 years, and his current work highlights a surreal touch. Born in Midland, NC and raised on his maternal grandmother's plantation in Virginia, Barrett is heavily influenced by Fern Coppedge's Fauvist style and George Sotter's moonlit snow scenes.
He designs, hand carves and signs many of his own frames finished in metal leaf.
Jennifer Hansen Rolli began painting as a child, inspired by her father on numerous country outings. Influenced by John Folinsbee's early works and William Lathrop's poetic sensitivity, her work has a "Kodachrome" look with vibrant colors that causes them to have a life of their own.
Desmond McRory was introduced in March as a guest artist and has now become a Silverman regular. He considers himself to be a tonalist painter, simplifying his subject matter and setting the mood with an overall tone of colored atmosphere or mist, as seen in his recent Old Engine No. 40, New Hope Station.
Anita Shrager, is a Bucks County and Colorado plein air painter, working in oils for over 40 years. She lived on both sides of the Delaware, many years in NJ and then moving to New Hope. Her paintings are a softer, blended version of Impressionism, oils thinly applied in transparent layers, building up to a depth of color and shape infused with her lightness of touch.
David Stier's world is wonderful shadows and light, subdued colors with a certain earthiness to it, something almost primal. His work is set apart in that he paints primarily on birch panels and uses his own handcrafted, stone-washed frames, each one made for the painting it presents.
Christopher Willett, born in 1959, is a Bucks Co. painter with a family lineage dating back to ancestors arriving in this country aboard the Mayflower and Victory, settling Plymouth.
Chris captures the simple beauty of an earlier time, often set in recognizable historic settings: horse-drawn carriages, farms, villages, families working together, and friends taking snowy walks.