Piece description from the artist
Painting landscapes is something that I enjoy doing, something that I have taken with me through the journey of my life over the past thirty five years. What is it that attracts me to the landscape? I suppose it’s a place of being for us all, our connection to the land, giving us a sense of place on this planet.
The elements that attract me to a scene have to do with composition, color, contrasts of light and dark. When I paint a tree in a field the tree becomes secondary to describing the space around it.
What I like best about being in the landscape is, it’s a way to capture the moment- a way to stop time and study it. Through that observation an imprinted memory of the scene remains for me.
In addition to Plein Air painting I have been working on larger studio pieces from photographic reference of interesting compositions and lighting. Working in this controlled environment affords me the luxury of time to work larger and push the image in a slightly different and compelling direction.
Gary Koeppel was born in New Jersey and has been living in Boston since 1980. He earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and then moved to Boston to start his own commercial illustration firm where he worked with clients such as AT&T, The Boston Globe, and The Massachusetts Audubon Society. In both 2005 and 2006, he received the Viewers Choice Award at the Annual Roslindale Open Studios; in 2006, he also earned third Third Prize in the juried selection.
Gary’s work as a commercial illustrator informs the unified composition of his landscape paintings. His work has appeared in galleries, museums and art shows in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut.