Piece description from the artist
Academically speaking, this is an exercise in juxtaposing formal and gestural elements―a constant in my work. The figures are literally “carved out” of a very loose layering of color.
Discovering them, defining them, is pure pleasure for me. The palette lends this painting a certain solemnity which emphasizes the contrast between the “teeming” earth and the (indifferent?) sky.
Judith Bair's work deals with the connection between human life, spirituality and nature.
At the beginning of her painting career, Judith used the form of a cedar tree to anchor her work in the context of the natural world. This allowed her to begin exploring the connection between physical and spiritual sources of life. In this sense, many of Judith's paintings serve as metaphorical landscapes, using images the physical, natural world as a way to explore her figurative and symbolic ideas.
Judith works with "oilbars":http://www.winsornewton.com/products/oil-colours/artists-oilbar, which allow her to have a more direct, physical relationship with the canvas and create more gestural, expressive marks. With this medium, Judith creates soft, sensual and often ethereal paintings with poetic, organic imagery.