Judith Zinkan – Artist Statement
“The Purpose of Life is to Remember” Henry Miller
When I heard this quote it occurred to me that I spend my life painting, to remember, a moment, this place, that person, colors and textures redolent of experience; the heat of the summer garden, shimmering moonlight on a northern lake, a bouquet of flowers in the dead of winter. Souvenirs of time caught in a web of paint.
These landscape paintings began five years ago with our purchase of a log cabin in the Kootenays. We are perched on the side of our own bit of mountain looking across the Arm at forested slopes and riverside. Landscape at our doorstep I no longer need to pack up my truck and search for a view...I stand still watching the colours and sky change. Playing with my paint, catching the day.
My still life work has assimilated with my landscapes, with a vase of flowers in the window suggestive at what you see beyond. Both visual contents have evolved into an impressionistic style. The perspective is illusive, and deceives the viewer into a sense of definition, through simplified shape, color and texture of the paint creating a complexity of the artwork.