Stacey Cushner: Efflorescence

March 3-28, 2021
Opening Reception: (following socially distanced guidelines) Friday, March 5, 2021, 5:00-8:00 pm

  • Stacey Cushner

    Efflorescence (aft Van Dael), oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, 2020.

    Efflorescence (aft Van Dael)
  • Stacey Cushner

    Connecting, oil on canvas, 12 inches in diameter, 2020.

  • Stacey Cushner

    Bold Little Beauty I, oil on board, 6 x 6 inches, 2020.

    Bold Little Beauty I
  • Stacey Cushner

    Bold Little Beauty II, oil on board, 6 x 6 inches, 2020.

    Bold Little Beauty II
  • Stacey Cushner

    Kindle in the Woods (aft Bosschaert), oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, 2020.

    Kindle in the Woods (aft Bosschaert)
  • Stacey Cushner

    Untitled, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, 2020.


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Press Release
"Newton resident to display works at Kingston Gallery." Newton Tab, March 5, 2021.
Whitcomb, Robert. "Spring IS Coming." New England Diary, January 31, 2021.

Artist Statement

Well, 2020 certainly was one weird and sad year. One way of coping with the pandemic for me was to work a lot and paint. Flowers are a favorite subject to paint. The mixing of the colors, the way the oil glides on the canvas, the beauty it can create, the lusciousness of it all. I've been fixated on realism in oil painting as far back as I can remember. Painting is still very much alive and well. I've had time to re-discover glazing during this pandemic, seeking knowledge from a friend – those discussions and processes have been enriching. It takes patience, skill and quick brush strokes to get a layer of glazing on just right. I think I'm getting it. The large painting called Efflorescence has three layers of glaze on the canvas. It became an almost scientific experiment to see what translucent colors worked best.

I've been lucky to watch flowers grow in my yard this past summer. So many of us have taken to nature during this time. I've been outside more than I've ever been in my adult life, walking and walking and observing. It provides a sense of calm. This past summer, I visited friends' gardens, visited garden centers (safe places), and enjoyed being present. I began to know the various varieties, I listened to what worked and what didn't. Flowers are life itself. Their shapes, forms and colors are absolutely exquisite. Flowers are reminders that life can be amazing and beautiful, and sometimes very short – we have to remember this.

Flowers have always been a part of my daily life, occasionally supermarket bought and sometimes dried.

What new varieties have I discovered? I've newly planted purple phlox, hot pink bee balm, red and white tulips, hydrangeas, shasta daisies, and a first-time vegetable garden. Pre-pandemic, I didn't seem to have the time to pay attention to these things. Will we all go back to our pre-pandemic lives once the virus is gone? I don't think so.

Some of the oil paintings of flowers in this show are based on old paintings, rearranged a bit with new flowers or imaginary ones. Tulips are a sincere favorite – I borrow from photos of online tulip varieties since the unusual ones are too hard to find locally, especially in a pandemic. Parrot tulips are remarkably colorful and radiant. Tulips symbolize love and rebirth. They are one of the first to bloom in the spring. Victorians associated tulips with charity. Attributes in these difficult times.

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