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Susan DeVan

 

 

Romney, West Virginia

Artist's Statement

The paintings reflect my passion to convey to the viewer the beauty of the world we live in. Each scene conjures up an emotion, perhaps tranquility, maybe awe or longing, that moves us when we behold the transcendent scenes that only nature can provide. The solid inanimate stuff of our planet – rocks, wood, water – speak of endurance; the fragile colors and textures of plants show us glimpses of fleeting perfection; animals and birds open our eyes to recognition of ourselves in the emotions, expressions and movements of our lovely fellow creatures; clouds, light, storms and ocean waves confront us with power; and most challenging of all, to an artist, is the complexity and infinite fascination of humanity in all its glory and pathos.

There is great art that reflects the misery, ugliness and pain of human existence, and I respect the artists’ attempt to make statements about these things in order to make a difference. (An example is Guernica.) My purpose is to focus on the beauty and spirituality of our home planet, our Pearl of Great Price, so that art viewers may be inspired to respect the environment, maintain and protect it.

 


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"Autumn Creek"

oil on canvas

It is a scene in September, in a Fairfax County (VA) park 1/2 block from where we lived before we moved to WV. The park was a refuge of beauty and calm in the midst of suburban chaos. We used to take our children there for walks to see the creek, woods, animals and birds that seemed out of place so near to DC.

The reason we moved to WV after early retirement was to enjoy the clean air, mountain scenery, relaxed way of life, woods, birds and animals.

Dimensions: 20" H x 16" W
NFS
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"Old Barn's Last Summer"

oil on canvas

For many years this old barn stood next to Route 50 fifteen miles west of Romney. Each summer, when we took our children to Blackwater Falls for a week or two in a cabin in the State Park, we passed the spot and my husband, who had fallen in love with the derelict building, took dozens of photos of it.

Each year it leaned more and more, until finally it collapsed. I promised Dick I'd paint it someday, and in August 2015 I kept my promise. In the painting, the flowers and weeds of summer have started to wilt; clouds are closing in from the west, and vultures circle in the distance. These signs portend the demise of the old barn. I think Dick thought of the barn's tenaciousness as an allegory for his own life.

Dimensions: 18" H x 24" W
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Last updated 9/7/16 NT

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