Nature is my canvas. I’ve had a keen interest for nature, since I can remember. Being out in nature, in the back yard, a park, forest, etc., is and always had a magic hold over me.
As I cannot paint with brush and oils, I paint with my camera.
Some time ago, while admiring Old Master Paintings in the Toledo Ohio museum of Art, I noted the quality of light that the artist, used, on a portrait or painting featuring people or a person.
Not being disciplined like a painter, not liking to document or follow a set routine or record settings, I’ve found myself, finding the light.
Especially this time of year when the light is all so soft and glows,
The Labuda and Pond Exhibition will be on display October 8 – November 16, 2012 in the Parkwood Gallery. The public is invited to join us for an artist’s reception for the exhibition on Friday, November 2 from 6 to 8 pm.
Ben Pond conveys meaning and emotion in his paintings with color, value and expressive drawn strokes in the media of pastel. What looks to be records of swift movements in his drawings are well thought out strokes and planed marks across experiences of various places.
In his photographs, Mitch Labuda uses a variety of angles and planned movements, to illustrate with his camera, similar to a painter with a brush. His photographs share much more with the viewer than just a static snap. I want to engage the viewer and share with them, a scene, a time, a moment that reminds them of something, jogs a memory
The Parkwood Gallery is open Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm and is located at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, Suite 120 off of Monroe Street in Downtown Toledo.