2016 Featured Artist: JEFF RIPPLEPosted
I am dedicated to a poetic realism in landscape painting. For me, that is the artistic combining of an accurate depiction of a scene infused by my emotional response to the light and atmosphere on that landscape. Such a painting may or may not be of a precise location or moment in time, but it is always believable and true to place. I think this is in keeping with 19th Century American painter Asher Durand’s idea that painting nature was “fraught with high and holy meaning” and the job of landscape artists is to reveal “the deep meaning of the real creation around and within us.” Such a painting is probably most fully realized in the studio based on studies of light on land forms, atmosphere, clouds and sky in addition to highly detailed drawings of elements in that landscape, such as trees, rocks, and water. The success of the studio painting depends largely upon the value of the field sketches, and those sketches in turn require a deft ability to quickly identify, draw and paint key elements in the scene. As a painter who lives and primarily works in the South, I find myself constantly faced with the conundrum of needing to accurately draw elements of my surroundings while somehow simplifying the scene to include only what is essential to its true nature.
My oil paintings in the field and studio are inspired by intriguing compositions, mood and atmosphere in the landscape. My style involves carefully planned drawings, a reliance on sketches and studies painted in nature to inform studio work, and a treatment of light and atmosphere reminiscent of 19th Century artists working in the uniquely American Hudson River School and Luminist traditions. Evidence of a human presence is often absent or subordinated in my landscapes.
I am a self-trained artist who relies on rigorous daily practice in drawing and painting as part of my process. I sketch and paint regularly in nature (en plein air). My field work usually involves applying a lot of paint quickly to attain accurate color, values, and forms while seeking specificity in my scene or subject. I then refine those ideas as time permits with a focus on atmosphere and achieving depth.
My work in the studio evolves from graphite composition sketches, field studies (paintings and drawings) and photographs. Studio paintings are generally more contemplative with carefully rendered underpaintings and layers of glazing to achieve a luminous mood and atmosphere.
2016 Award of Distinction, Mayfaire by the Lake, Lakeland, Florida
2016 Award of Excellence, Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, Florida
2016 Best of 2-D, Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, Florida
2016 Award of Merit, Lake Wales Art Festival, Lake Wales, Florida
2016 Award of Distinction, Art Fest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, Florida
2015 Award of Merit, Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Deland, Florida
2015 Award of Distinction, Downtown Festival and Art Show, Gainesville, Florida
2015 Award of Excellence, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida.
2015 Award of Distinction, Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, Florida
2015 Judges Choice Award, Images Art Festival, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
2014 Award of Merit, Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, Florida
2013 Award of Excellence, Lake Wales Art Festival, Lake Wales, Florida
2013 Award of Distinction, Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, Florida
2012 Award of Merit, 31st Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show, Gainesville, Florida
2012 FAFO Ocala Arts Festival Award of Distinction, Ocala, Florida
2012 Award of Honor, Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach, Florida
Selected Permanent Collections
College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida
University of Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities
Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes: Transforming Nature into Art; Edited by Linda Young, Leelanau Press, 2013.
“Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes,” October 2013-January 2014, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan.