"Brush with Nature" - A Relative View of the Landscape by Joseph Bellacera, Leslie C. Birleson, Laura Hohlwein and Barbara Rainforth - March 5th  28th, 2009

The four artists in this exhibition each render the natural world through various forms of abstraction. There is a common inclination toward a focus on the horizon, whether physical or phenomenal, where the elements of sky / land / water meet in a moment of time. The resulting images challenge our perception of the conscious world through perceptions of light, color and form.

Joseph Bellacera invigorates our sensory experience with pattern and atmospheric explorations of light to illustrate the mystery and awe of discovery in the terrain of our agricultural landscape. Hovering on the edge of abstraction, the texture and surface of his paintings retain a sense of immediacy and movement in a multi-dimensional world.
 

Luminous Horizon #210 (Olive Sky), Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Horizon #210 (Olive Sky)
Oil and Mixed Media, 2009
36" x 36"
Luminous Horizon #211, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Horizon #211
Oil and Mixed Media, 2009
36" x 36"
Luminous Horizon #212, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Horizon #212
Oil and Mixed Media, 2009
36" x 36"
Luminous Horizon #213, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Horizon #213
Oil and Mixed Media, 2009
36" x 36"Piece is sold
Luminous Horizon #214, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Horizon #214
Oil and Mixed Media, 2009
24" x 24"
Luminous Horizon #216, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Horizon #216
Oil and Mixed Media, 2009
24" x 24"
Luminous Horizon #217, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Horizon #217
Oil and Mixed Media, 2009
24" x 24"
Luminous Horizon #218, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Horizon #218
Oil and Mixed Media, 2009
24" x 24"
Luminous Vista #18, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Vista #18
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
10" x 10"
Luminous Vista #20, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Vista #20
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
16" x 16"
Luminous Vista #21, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Vista #21
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
16" x 16"
Luminous Vista #22, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Vista #22
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
16" x 16"
Luminous Vista #23, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Vista #23
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
16" x 16"
Luminous Vista #24, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Vista #24
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
16" x 16"
Luminous Vista #25, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Vista #25
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
18" x 18"
Luminous Sea #1, #2, #3, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Sea #1, #2, #3
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
14" x 36" (each)
Luminous Vista #19, Copyright 2009, Joseph Bellacera -- Click to Expand...
Joseph Bellacera
Luminous Vista #19
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, 2009
9" x 11"



Leslie C. Birleson is a conceptual artist whose oeuvre ranges from carved granite and mosaic tile to screenprint and light installations. Here we see his emotional response to life along the Sacramento River levees through paint on canvas. The seasons bring a change of palette and texture, from the lush rain of winter to the dry heat of summer, but the elements of land and water remain constant along the shoreline.
 

Receding River, Copyright 2009, Leslie C. Birleson -- Click to Expand...
Leslie C. Birleson
Receding River
Oil on canvas, 2009
60" x 78"
High River, Copyright 2009, Leslie C. Birleson -- Click to Expand...
Leslie C. Birleson
High River
Oil on canvas, 2009
60" x 78"
River Fields, Copyright 2009, Leslie C. Birleson -- Click to Expand...
Leslie C. Birleson
River Fields
Oil on canvas, 2009
60" x 78"
Sierra Summer, Copyright 2009, Leslie C. Birleson -- Click to Expand...
Leslie C. Birleson
Sierra Summer
Oil on canvas, 2009
60" x 78"
Reflections I, Copyright 2009, Leslie C. Birleson -- Click to Expand...
Leslie C. Birleson
Reflections I
Oil on canvas, 2009
60" x 78"
Reflections II, Copyright 2009, Leslie C. Birleson -- Click to Expand...
Leslie C. Birleson
Reflections II
Oil on canvas, 2009
60" x 78"
Reflections III, Copyright 2009, Leslie C. Birleson -- Click to Expand...
Leslie C. Birleson
Reflections III
Oil on canvas, 2009
78" x 60"
Tree. Farmhouse. Hallway, Copyright 2008, Leslie C. Birleson -- Click to Expand...
Leslie C. Birleson
Tree. Farmhouse. Hallway
Oil on Canvas, 2008
72" x 60"



Barbara Rainforth examines the horizon, where earth meets sky, through saturated colors and a blending of multiple perspectives to capture the tension between these diverse elements at the threshold of their melding point. Her line and brushstroke illustrate the panorama with the immediacy of an expressionistic response.
 

Bridges 1, Copyright 2009, Barbara Rainforth -- Click to Expand...
Barbara Rainforth
Bridges 1
Ink on Paper, 2009
5" x 7"
Bridges 2, Copyright 2009, Barbara Rainforth -- Click to Expand...
Barbara Rainforth
Bridges 2
Ink on Paper, 2009
5" x 7"
Bridges 3, Copyright 2009, Barbara Rainforth -- Click to Expand...
Barbara Rainforth
Bridges 3
Ink on Paper, 2009
5" x 7"
Bridges 4, Copyright 2009, Barbara Rainforth -- Click to Expand...
Barbara Rainforth
Bridges 4
Ink on Paper, 2009
5" x 7"
Bridges 5, Copyright 2009, Barbara Rainforth -- Click to Expand...
Barbara Rainforth
Bridges 5
Ink on Paper, 2009
5" x 7"
Bridges 6, Copyright 2009, Barbara Rainforth -- Click to Expand...
Barbara Rainforth
Bridges 6
Ink on Paper, 2009
5" x 7"
  Forest Light, Copyright 2009, Barbara Rainforth -- Click to Expand...
Barbara Rainforth
Forest Light
Oil on Canvas, 2009
78" x 91"
 



Laura Hohlwein challenges our conscious mind within the image frame by dynamically combining interior and exterior settings to create a fresh visual experience. By simulating a specific moment, or thought process, the connection of time and space is conveyed as a profound personal experience relative to the physical world.
 

Leaving the Green Room, Copyright 2008, Laura Hohlwein -- Click to Expand...
Laura Hohlwein
Leaving the Green Room
Oil on Canvas, 2008
60" x 60"
By the Sound, Copyright 2005, Laura Hohlwein -- Click to Expand...
Laura Hohlwein
By the Sound
Oil on Canvas, 2005
72" x 60"
Daybreak, Copyright 2008, Laura Hohlwein -- Click to Expand...
Laura Hohlwein
Daybreak
Oil on Canvas, 2008
60" x 60"