recent work from Jessie Edwards' latest exhibition
reproductions of Jessie Edwards' art
View Jessie Edwards' recent show, Island Landscapes
work has been described as "a veritable celebration of Block
Island," and, indeed the prevalent theme in her work is a fundamental
love and respect for her surroundings. Edwards' work pulls the viewer
in at once to share the unique and simple beauty of the island's
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Lakeside Drive~ Early Spring, oil on panel, 8" x 10"
medium has been the monotype, a print process that begins with a
sketch which is then painted in oils on a piece of glass. After
the painting is completed and while the paint is still wet, she
presses paper onto the glass and rubs the back of the paper to trasnsfer
the image to create one unique print. "The monotype is spontaneous,"
Edwards says. "It has an element of surprise." It is this
spontaneity and element of surprise which make her paintings eternally
refreshing and give them a life of their own.
works in ink , watercolor, and most recently in oil on canvas and
In her landscapes,
the sky is always a dynamic presence, with clouds scudding over
the quiet fields, the rippling waters, and the gently wiind-blown
dune grass. Edwards connects this outside world to the inside world
of her interiors and still-lifes through the use of the same unique
perspective and vivid colors. Often, behind a still-life is a window
with a glimpse of the fields or the sea.
order seen in Edwards' interiors depends on an asymemetrical harmony
of elements. Small vases are arranged on a table, a white porcelain
bowl brims with vivd deep-purple eggplant and orange winter squash,
and vases hold vibrant tulips and narcissus.