David Kirk Original Art Inspired By California's Eastern Sierra
Inyo Mountains at Sunset, 16 x 24" Mt Whitney, 14 x 16"
Watercolor and Gouache on Fabriano Colored Pastel Paper Watercolor and Gouache on Fabriano Colored Pastel Paper
I like to contemplate landscapes especially. I imagine that the effects and play of light upon the shapes and surfaces of the Eastern Sierra are as dynamic and fascinating as anywhere in the world and hence the subject for the majority of my work.
Landscape, I believe, shapes culture and when a landscape is negatively altered or defaced, the culture is impoverished on many levels. From the mid nineteenth century to present art has played a remarkable role in the movement to protect landscapes and the living things that reside therein. In my own humble way, I would like to be part of that tradition by making art that sparks an awareness of our interrelatedness with nature and the landscape.
I like watercolor because of the medium's ability to convey light and atmospheric effects and the often unpredictable interaction with the surface it's applied to. I also enjoy combining gouache and watercolor on colored paper.
I moved to the Owens Valley back in 2001 in order to devote more time and attention to my painting. I find the Eastern Sierra an endless source of inspiration and am fortunate enough to work as a ranger which often entails being outside in the landscape. Working to protect the landscapes that I draw inspiration from is fulfilling and symbiotic. The growing contingent of painters, photographers, sculptors, and other artists living here in the Eastern Sierra inspire me as well.
Thank You for your interest -DK