For Judith Kunzlé, the landscape is a living thing — not only in the plants and animals that live on it, but the forms of the land, its tensions, the curves and sways of its topography. From the slopes of Mt. Diablo to the spiky curves of an agave, she aims to see the body language, dance, and harmony of her subjects.
No surprise that Judith loves drawing and painting the land en plein air (outdoors) — especially in the mountains. She hikes with her painting backpack and stops when a scene inspires her. She does not know what the painting will look like until she’s done. For her, the act of painting is an ongoing interaction with the landscape she’s in. She continually balances and plays with form, texture, light and color.
Judith has travelled far from her first home in Switzerland — from Chile to China, from New Zealand to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. But her favorite place of all is her new home, Walnut Creek, California.
From August 8 through September 1, 2019, Benicia Plein Air Gallery will showcase “Land and See,” a lively set of watercolors and ink drawings by Judith Kunzlé.
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