"Reflections" by Howard Beatty
"Reflections," an oil on canvas show from Howard Beatty. July 29 to August 31.
Reception: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Includes live music from Nate Sniffen.
My name is Howard and I’ve been painting now for about 40 years. I always was interested in art, and painting in particular, but early stints in the Navy and college gave me no time. In 1980 I had the time, and after a trip to Scrantoms was supplied up with the beginnings of my painting career.
It’s never been in me to take lessons so I bought a book, The Great Book of French Impressionism, because I liked French Impressionists, and began making copies of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Degas and, well, you get the point. I never thought much about style in painting but I’ve always wanted them to be thick and done fast because I get bored. I have not achieved that, yet.
The subject of my paintings has changed from copying, mentioned above, to beginning to do work of my own, always based upon what I see, what’s in front of me. Venturing out from the pages of that wonderful book to our yard at the corner of Rugby and Trafalgar, through nineteen months on Holman road in Florida to now, at Winona Blvd, I’ve painted on, trying to get the feel of what I saw to come out on the canvass. It’s my hope that when you look at my work you’ll feel it as well. The use of color has been my greatest opportunity because color is as close to emotion as you can get in painting. I suppose I could use words but I think that would make me a sign maker, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
This show is called Reflections because each painting is a reflection of what I saw and felt when it was painted. I hope you enjoy looking at them
as much as I did making them.
Thanks for coming.