K. Gavin Brooks
is a landscape painter known for atmospheric landscape compositions
of coastal themes and pastoral vistas. Layering a foundation
of drawing and classical atelier training with a more contemporary
painting approach she emerged with a unique style where luminosity
and some elements of abstraction are united in a range of compositions.
is on light and value relationships through design, tonal unity
and the decisive use of neutrals to support luminosity . Gavin
is driven by a pursuit for elegant and modern presentation of
the purely emotional elements in nature. I especially like
humidity, weather and miles of air for the effects contrast and
color in the outdoors.
Gavin does not
define herself as a plein air painter as she has always considered
her outdoor practice as fundamental source material for her in-depth
studio works. In front of the big easel, the outdoor practice
drives a vision for statement and mood. She calibrates values
against a series of outdoor reference sketchesblocked in
to capture the mood she wants to build upon. Using a process
of reconstruction she forces depth and perspective, controls
the areas of light and sets a mood through deliberate editing.
The studio works contain impasto over glazes of thinned color
and half-pastes in areas she wants to orchestrate. The artist
relies on a strong visual memory and attention to nature through
observation and understanding. My paintings are becoming
more about the poetic aspect of nature and are becoming less
narrative I try to distinguish what features to include
and even these are redesigned and altered to deliver the mood
of the moment
lived for most of her life in the upper counties of Maryland
with her family. She recently moved to Laguna Beach, California.
There she paints and travels to exhibit, teach, lecture and study
the landscape throughout the year. Her works are private collections,
museums and galleries nationally.
Gavin is an Artist Member of the California Art Club, a Signature
Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and a selected
artist for the Crystal Cove Alliance in 2013.