Long fascinated by the reflections and stillness of the waters of Houston and the surrounding area, painter Harold Joiner has ventured further afield with this new body of work. Recent explorations and hiking expeditions in the Arkansas Ozarks revealed exciting new possibilities for the treatment of water in landscape paintings.
The Ozarks’ hills and mountains provide elevated vistas of its meandering rivers and expansive lakes. The valleys between these hills and mountains invariably include rocky terrains that cradle babbling clear water streams or rivers. During the wet months of the year, the rivers - even the minor ones - are rife with waterfalls and cascades. Many of these waterfalls are named, have been observed for decades, and have changed little over that timeframe. Water cascading over the rocks is alive and full of movement, both before and after the cascade. The rocks themselves are fascinating pieces of geometry and are, “surprisingly challenging to paint,” according to Joiner.
The flora of the region includes species of deciduous trees not abundant in the Houston area, and Joiner has said, “Their color display in autumn is a site to behold. Absolutely breathtaking!” Especially appealing was being in an autumn wood on a misty day. The colors were softer, and the absence of strong shadows enhanced the ability to see the layering of the dense landscape. This exhibition includes paintings inspired by this experience.
DATE: Saturday, February 2, 2019
TIME: 5 - 8 p.m.; with Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006
Complimentary Valet Parking
Light Refreshments, including bites generously provided by Kam's