Tahquamenon in the Fall

Barbara White's avatar Barbara White

ARTIST STATEMENT I was born in Wisconsin and now live in Flushing, Michigan. As a lifelong artist in the Midwest, I was an art instructor in the Flint area in the Mott Adult Education Program and at the college level for over twenty-five years. I taught painting courses in oils, watercolor and acrylics, preferring that medium most recently as an au plein air painter. Also, I have exhibited my work in numerous shows and competitions and I am represented by two galleries in Michigan. In painting nature and the landscape as representational images, I rely on inspiration to create natural imagery of lines, shapes and textures with strong emphasis on intense color, design and composition. My ultimate goal as a painter is to create an emotional response for the viewer by capturing the soul of the scenery and convey a strong message with beautiful imagery. ABOUT THE ARTPRIZE PAINTING This panoramic acrylic painting of “Tahquamenon in the Fall” is about 17’ W by 5’H (108 sq. ft.). It is six canvases wide and has two extensions on the bottom that represent the “foam” that forms from the force of the flow from the river hitting the bottom of the falls. The fall is 48’ ft. high and the average flow rate is about 7000 gallons per second. It was a challenge to create this waterscape and landscape in my semi-abstract, representational style, combing the peaceful scenery with the power of the rushing water. The water’s amber color is the result of tanic acid from the cedar and hemlock swamps that feed the river. Hopefully, I have created a composition that conveys a powerful emotional response to this beautiful imagery.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 4 inches
  • Medium: Acrylics
  • Width: 17.5ft
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: variable to 7 ft