Stratton + Hall, April 2018

April 6, 6-8pm


June Stratton

Adam Hall

About the Exhibit

It's easy to loose sight of the shear massiveness of the ocean. The ocean covers more than 70% of the earth and could literally swallow..

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What is it about water? 
It's easy to loose sight of the shear massiveness of the ocean. The ocean covers more than 70% of the earth and could literally swallow us up at any moment. The ocean has forever been drawing us near and will always be deeply connected to us. It's harsh and raw and unforgiving, yet completely full of beauty and mystery. Because there is such a common thread in most all of us that is drawn to the water, the paintings can quickly connect with the viewer. That connection is so satisfying to be apart of. Hopefully these paintings can remind others of the connection we have to the ocean and it's importance to us. 
I feel as though I'm just scraping the surface with painting water.  Each attempt of capturing the flow of the waves and all the many directional patterns is a learning process. There is such an opportunity for loose painting and I guess a sort of ease of expression.   
How has your work evolved? 
My goal each year is to take risks and push myself technically to help strengthen my work. In the past my work has tended to be atmosphere heavy and an extremely vague sense of place. Now I see myself evolving into a healthier balance of detail and atmosphere. Naturally, my interests or what appeals to me aesthetically is always changing having it's impact on my subject matter.  
Tell me about one specific piece in the show.
"Gradual Rise" is my first ever attempt at a 7ft tall painting. To date it's the largest painting I've ever created. The size of this piece helps translate perspective to the viewer in a really fun way. Working on this painting I sometimes felt like it gave off this illusion of a direct doorway right into the water. The title "Gradual Rise" came from the literal idea of sea levels rising and what significance that might hold in the future. With that in mind it also was inspired by this idea of how issues in our lives, if not dealt with, will find their ways to the surface eventually. 
Tell me something about the show title or about working together or about how much you respect each other…?  
There is a definitely a high level of excitement and anticipation to experience our work together in the same space. In my experience, whenever you are given the opportunity to create a show along side of such an inspiring artist as June, you always say "yes". It's an opportunity to grow and connect with another artist that always leaves you a better painter and human being in the end. June's vision and ability to interweave the element of water with these beautiful figurative dreamlike subjects is just brilliant. June's work brings a whole beautiful narrative to the focus of the show and I'm honored to be apart of it. 


What is it about water?

I’m quite literally surrounded by water at my home; a large river on one side of my home and tidal marsh on the other. It seems naturally to have become a major inspiration. I watch the tide come in and recede about eight feet every day. In past few years water rise has become increasingly more evident to me.

We live on the Blue Planet. Water is an invaluable commodity to be revered.


How has your work evolved?


This show is an amalgamation of my feminine figures with ocean elements.

The silver in my new paintings is becoming even more woven into the composition. I’m using silver like a watermark almost; not completely evident until you view the work from different angles. The silver is similarly entwined around parts of the figure as a metaphor for how bound to our environment we all are. My figures are Sirens in more than one way.

In this show I’ve added some abstraction and texture for a more dreamy, painterly feel. I’ve always had a bit of pull back-and-forth between abstraction and realism. I consider this new work to be a bit of deconstructed realism.


Tell me about one specific piece in the show.


I’ll give you four because I cannot pick one…


Racing the Tide is a large piece I’m still noodling around with – my muse is atop a dapple-grey horse racing ocean waves. The large format quite literally gives me an opportunity to splash around in paint but also really get into the realistic features of the horse and rider.


Floataway is the first painting I’ve done where I’ve successfully immersed my subject in silver, realistic features and abstracted paint. I also like the expression of contemplation my muse Nelle Iocovozzi has on her face.

Horizon Line is a small piece depicting one of my friend’s young daughter, Harper Nelson. She is confidently looking directly at the horizon and waves. Her view represents the future on the horizon.


Atlantic Siren is a modern ginger haired Siren in a very classical pose amidst crashing waves with lovely thick abstracted white paint and silver. I love how this painting came together.


Tell me something about the show title or about working together or about how much you respect each other…?


Adam’s work is truly remarkable. His waves lure you in. I’m not sure people fully appreciate how difficult it is to paint beautiful seascapes. Adam’s work has soul that’s not easy to capture in a seemingly simplistic subject matter.

It’s an honor to work with Adam. I think we have like minds both aesthetically and we have a mutual reverence for the environment.


The title Oceana I think captures the sense of the Blue Planet oasis we all live on. I think this show will be a breathtaking artistic view of Oceana.

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