Caroline Kwas' visits to the American Southwest, particularly the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, have inspired her newer, more expressive painting. The abrupt departure from tight realistic painting to flowing abstraction is a creative watershed for her. This latest work is radically different from the photorealistic "intimate landscapes" series inspired by her life in New England. Although realistically depicting her chosen subjects was fulfilling from a technical point of view in the past, she recently felt a need to convey her strong emotional connection to nature by adding a more personal voice to her art. The brilliant sunsets and vast desert vistas invite abstraction of natural forms; her organic shapes flow across the canvas and colors sing. The end result is a collection of paintings which deliver the viewer a joyful romp in imagination.
9 imagesThe desert has inspired me to pursue landscapes in a new way. With the endless vistas and brilliant colors of sunrise and sunset, the Sonoran and Mojave deserts have allowed me to expand my emotional vision and use pulsating colors and lines.
8 imagesShells are a natural subject for Caroline Kwas to depict not only realistically, but lend themselves to her fertile imagination for abstraction. Curves, swirls, colors and lines come together in her Sensuous Seashore collection to present paintings that lift the spirit and engage the senses.