A two - person exhibition of oil paintings by
Carol Carbine and Steve Richardson
Quite different visual interpretations of the ocean characterize these two painters, yet both are alike in their strong emotional ties to it.
Carol Carbine's " low tide " series of very large canvases done in a loose and tonalist manner evoke the power of a flowing ebb tide. She finds rhythmic lace-like patterns in the water and sand, and accentuates the texture with the addition of real beach sand.
Carol believes in the ' happy accident' of allowing a painting to take on its own direction, which helps to reinforce the semi-abstract quality of patterns.
Carol's work has been collected by many local businesses, including Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and the Santa Ynez Hospital.
Bringing a background as a commercial fisherman to his artistic career, in the tradition of California Impressionism, Steve Richardson's life-long familiarity with the ocean makes him adept at capturing every salty nuance in his seascapes. Local vistas are depicted as well, in his exploration of the effects of light on his subjects.
Steve's paintings are delightfully uplifting and invite the viewer in to soak up the romance of the moment, recorded en plein air.
Steve has studied under award-winning artist, David Gallup, and his work is in many private collections throughout the country