Fifty Shades of Green is a perfect art exhibition to be held during the winter months. Imagine sunshine and warmth. Nothing enriches a viewer more than the radiance of sunlight in beautifully painted canvases. And Providence has brought together Judy Elias and Harold Joiner to make it happen. Both paint outdoor environments, and this show chronicles their achievements.
Judy Elias is a plein air painter who travels the world to find the subjects of her inspiration. Because she works on site, her paintings are usually completed in one sitting. The canvases are small and precious. They facilitate armchair travelers, and beckon the viewer to come close to appreciate them. The paintings are framed in gold, and are hung as if they are in a fine old home.
Harold Joiner finds much of his subject matter in the nature preserves and state parks of south and central Texas. The flora and fauna of a locale are his focal point, and he is drawn to include bodies of water within his imagery. He uses sketches and photographs record the scene, but the paintings are created in his studio. The end result are exquisite landscapes that capture the beauty of Mother Nature. Joiner's iconography is refreshing. His treatment of the interplay of vegetation against the water's surface are visual delights.