Judith Zinkan

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.

Fish Ladder No. 2, 2016, Oil on panel, 11 in. x 14 in
Crocosmia, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
Lively Tulips, SOLD
Early October - Copper Beach, 2016, Oil on panel, 12 in. x 18 in
Everythings Coming Alive, 2013, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
Fish Ladder, 2016, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
Flourish, Oil on panel, 36 in. x 36 in
Flower Break, 2013, Oil on panel, 16 in. x 12 in
Flowing, Oil on panel, 12 in. x 16 in
Forest Light, 2016, Oil on panel, 6.75 in. x 11 in
Glassy Morning, 2016, Oil on panel, 12 in. x 18 in
Haystacks, 2016, Oil on panel, 5 in. x 8 in
Hydrangea with Red, 2013, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
Moonrise, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in.
Every Two Years, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
July Hummingbird, Oil on panel, 12 in. x 16 in
Last Day, 2016, Oil on panel, 6 in. x 9 in
Looks Windy, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
May Evening, Acrylic on panel, 12 in. x 16 in
New Leaves, 2016, Oil on panel, 8 in. x 12 in
New Tree Sentinal, Oil on panel, 12 in. x 16 in
October Birch, 2016, Oil on panel, 6 in. x 9 in
October Glory, 2016, Oil on panel, 11 in. x 14 in
Playtime, Mixed media on panel, 36 in. x 36 in
Smoke Clearing, 2015, Oil on panel, 6.75 in. x 11 in
Smoke Clings, 2015, Oil on panel, 6.75 in. x 11 in.
Snow Gone with Flowers, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
Stack, 2016, Oil on panel, 5 in. x 8 in
Sunnyside, Dark Sky, Oil on panel, 36 in. x 36 in
Vetch and Forest, 2016, Oil on panel, 10 in. x 12 in
Vetch, 2016, Oil on panel, 10 in. x 12 in
Warming Up, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
White Sky, Fresh Growth, 2016, Oil on panel, 10 in. x 12 in
Dancing Slippers, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
Lavendar Sky, Poppies and Vetch, Oil on panel, 11 in. x 14 in
Plus 30 Again, 2013, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 24 in
Shining Shore, Oil on panel, 11 in. x 14 in