Joan Geary

My paintings are the result of a lifetime of interaction with the landscape.  I like to paint impressions of what I have seen from memories of my experiences rather than realistic depictions. I begin with veils of color applied over one another, each one chosen to enhance or contrast with the previous layer.  During the process of stacking these layers of paint, intuitive marks and shapes are also laid down, and at this early stage, I just let the painting flow on its own.

Eventually the color, line and form begin to suggest memories of elements of nature that I have seen, as if my subconscious mind is showing me things that had been stored up for later use. These visions present themselves in the work as a distortion of reality or even invention, as in dreams.  In this way, the work often conveys a mystical version of the truth.