Philip James Palmieri

Artist Statement

After my studio was rendered uninhabitable, I took to painting outdoors. More specifically, I have been exploring the beaches along the narrow strip of land that juts out into the ocean at the very tip of Cape Cod. The light there is uniquely spectacular, reflecting back and forth off the water, creating jewel like skies and highlighting the contrast between rugged variegated green vegetation and the muted ochers and purples of smooth sand.

Throughout the year, with the turn of seasons the color of the sky and landscape changes, making painting at the same locations interesting. Weathering the elements and changing light creates its own challenges. I am forced to paint much faster and make decisions more quickly than when I am in the studio. The materials I use in the outdoors has also been influenced by the elements. Panels are less likely to blow off the easel and skim the surface of the ground than a lighter weight canvas. While waiting for my new studio, I have been fortunate to paint plein air year round in this wonderful environment, creating a large body of small works.


Saratoga Arts

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