Daydreams and Archetypes – Linda Larson & Mary Southall

posted by on 2015.06.10, under Uncategorized

Larson and Southall POSTER 2015 0519We’re pleased to bring in summer with the work of two accomplished artists, Linda Larson and Mary Southall.

Originally from Edinburgh Scotland, Linda Larson is a painter that lives and works in San Francisco. Formally educated in both Scotland and the US, Linda is life long artist who has shown in many galleries throughout California and the UK. She uses oil paints and mostly traditional grisaille methods of layering light. She paints on wood, art board and clay board as these rigid surfaces hold light well. Her current series features works that depict transitions and organic material. Fragments from her past that connect with her present work that inspire her everyday observations. Her work is always evolving.

“I choose to paint the little gifts of color and contrast tat catch my attention. The happy distractions of an ordinary day. The ephemera of seasonal transitions, first grass after rain, new lemon, translucence and fragility, a strange light off the sea. I want to grasp the tiny morsels of other-worldiness and calm in a churning day.”   – Linda Larson

Mary Southall is a San Francisco artist, originally from Texas. She received her BFA from Texas State University in San Marcos. Mary spent several years in Austin as director of a cooperative gallery. She also founded Acme Art Gallery and Studios before relocating to San Francisco. After taking a hiatus from painting Mary began to experiment with new techniques. She discovered inspiration in a plethora of old family papers and images. By working in collage, paper, image transfer and acrylics, she’s found a new visual depth that was lacking in her previous work.

“Layering paper and images is like layering thoughts and emotions, floating in and out of my consciousness until one central vision prevails. It’s my way of seeking answers to questions and discovering truths about life, death, love and spirit.”   – Mary Southall

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