Tonawanda News — “I tend to want to develop imagery that is speaking about my experience as a human in a sort of distilled way,” she said. “I take my emotional and intellectual experience and distill them down to expression.”
“Elusive Forces” will be on hand at the Carnegie through Nov. 16.
The Gallery at
Partners in Art
Currently up at Partners in Art is a solo show by Margarat Raab, an oil painter and charcoal artist who specializes in still lifes.
Butterflies, hummingbirds, lemons and flowers are the types of object Raabs finds inspiring and she wants her viewers to appreciate the same beauty she sees.
“I want to focus on a single item and just take a second to marvel at the beauty and color of the things all around us that we don’t pay attention to half the time cause we’re so busy,” she said. “I’d like people to take a second look at the beauty of the object, the colors.”
She describes her style as “very realistic” and aims to mimic the style of the old masters.
“My background was in art history and I studied in Italy so I’m in tune to Renaissance and late Renaissance artworks,” she said. “My goal would be to be capable of merging the style of the old masters with more contemp subject matter.”
Plainly put, the former art teacher simply wants to master her craft.
“I really want to be an excellent painter. I really love beautiful things. I thing people enjoy that and I hope they enjoy it in the show,” she said.
“I was exposed to extraordinarily great pieces of artwork and it’s something you spend a lifetime striving to get better at. I don’t even anticipate attaining the level of those artworks. It gives you a sense of desire to keep getting better.”