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Taller and Wider than Scars of the Sea

Sheryl Budnik's avatar Sheryl Budnik

"Taller and Wider Than Scars of the Sea" is an intuitively painted oil triptych of (3) 48" x 36" canvases executed with palette knives. I respond to the paint and palette knife marks on the canvas surface — they guide the direction of the painting. I love paint — the visceral, abstract presence of paint is more important to me than the image that appears. This 144" x 36" triptych is inspired by our Great Lakes and the Atlantic ocean that I've visited for 10 years in Southampton on Long Island, NY. Lake Michigan was my childhood, then, after grad school, I raised my family for 15 years on Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior. A recent trip to Ireland's far western Dingle Coast is found here too — wet suit on, heading out in rough waters in a rubber raft to watch birds on the rocks and seals dive and bob in and out of the cold waters. If you look carefully, you will see the profile of a northern Great Lakes bear's head in the right panel — nose, snout, eye and ear.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: oil on 3 canvases
  • Width: 144 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 36 inches