Having lived in nine different states, Judy Rentner considers North Carolina one of the most beautiful. This area has inspired her to focus on painting the landscape more than any other subject. She feels her latest technique lends itself to capturing the richness of our home in the mountains.
Rentner’s work is featured this month at an exhibit titled Radiant Fall at Asheville Gallery of Art, beginning with a reception for the artist on Friday, September 1, from 5–8 p.m. Her work, along with that of the other 30 gallery members, will be on display and for sale throughout the month.
Working in oils and using a palette knife to create intricate texture when applying her colors, Rentner has created brilliant landscapes that usher in the fall season. She has taken many workshops in various media to learn techniques, composition and color theory.
“It has taken many years of learning and experimentation to settle into the style of painting that I currently use,” says Rentner. “Painting with a palette knife has allowed me to use color as I have never done before. This means of applying paint fits so well into interpreting the landscape in a way that captures light and shadow, infusing it with more color than is actually there. The process is spontaneous, intuitive and freeing.”
She taught in the California public school system before moving to North Carolina, where she has taught classes in watercolor, acrylics and oils. Deciding what to paint is usually based on an emotional response to a scene with the hope of conveying that image to the viewer.
“A person can look at a piece of art and appreciate what the artist has done, but evoking an emotional response is altogether different. This is what I desire when someone views my work, a positive, uplifting, emotional response.”
Being a long-time member of the Asheville Gallery of Art has been a rewarding and enriching experience for Rentner. “There is such a diversity of artistic expression in this group of 31 painters, but with a common goal. We wish to convey to others the images that capture our interest and emotions. My desire is to create light-filled landscapes that reflect a little of the beauty that surrounds us, and by doing so, reflect a little of the Creator himself.”
Asheville Gallery of Art is located at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, across from Pritchard Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1–4 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more call 828.251.5796, visit ashevillegallery-of-art.com or follow the gallery’s Facebook page.