Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Cynthia Besselaar

Cynthia Besselaar

Painting

As an observer of the nuances in the natural world, I am inspired by the dynamic layering of light, texture and color found in nature. Time spent exploring woodlands, fields, beaches and waterways – including thirty years documenting the Bermuda landscape – is where I photographically record the interplay of light in the environment and the complex relationships presented there. These photographs inform the visual cues for color and composition that are remixed in a fluid and spontaneous studio process. Using the technique – reverse painting and gilding on glass – the work results in an uncovering of light through an abstract expression of my initial observations. Thinking in reverse is an integral part of my process and activates a new way of seeing transparency and color and unfolds as an exploration into the infinite ways that light can be held in dark spaces. By working the image through both building and subtractive actions, layers of color and form are revealed. By bringing attention to the multifaceted and luminous features found in nature my work further reflects on how we, as individuals have the capacity to be inspired – or light filled – amidst the inherent darkness that is part of our human experience.