Prospect park inlet

Prospect Park Inlet

Piece description from the artist

Plein Air painting in a nice nook in Prospect Park. It was far away from others and the smell of BBQ was in the air.

The impressionists were on my mind, and how the invention of lead tubes for paint allowed them to work directly in nature and attempt to document the experience.

I was focusing on a shoreline clogged thick with phragmites, an invasive plant. Invasive species are a problem in many areas, but what makes something invasive? Is it the plant's fault or is it the fault of our relationship to it? How can we encourage a better relationship to these plants? Phragmites have changed the shoreline of the water body in Prospect Park, regardless of the wishes of Olmsted and Vaux, the designers, or the current landscape managers.

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About Noel Hefele

Bronx, NY

Noel Hefele was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. His love for art grew out of a childhood obsession with comic books, and he currently paints landscapes. Noel is interested in the power of vision and what it means to really see something. To him, landscapes are shared spaces that represent what we have in common; he hopes that by looking at and valuing our environment, we can come to understand our place in this world a bit better.

Noel received his B.F.A. in painting from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a master's degree in arts and ecology from Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom. As of 2020, Noel lives and works in the Bronx, New York.

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