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William McCarthy

"Each of these luminous and mysterious images of trees against sky, field, and river evoke a subtle variation of light and atmosphere. The arrangement of the trees - whether standing in solitude or in pairs or in large groupings seem at once inevitable and yet surprising, formal yet accidental. All of these paintings are comprised from memory, imagination and thumbnail sketches from my basement studio in my home in Connecticut. I work on wood board, paper and canvas using several layers of gesso before priming the surface with cadmium red base, a quick sketch using charcoal is used to lay out the design then the paint is applied. I work in layers using thinned down oil color, building on these layers with glazing techniques the colors are adjusted and brought up to completion before final coats of varnish are applied. Light has come to play an important part, and when I look back over this body of work, I feel it speaks about spiritual places, places that contain a quiet inner light, radiating an ethereal whisper, the places we see every day." - William McCarthy

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Summer Blue   Oil on Canvas   48" x 40"

Summer Blue
Oil on Canvas
48" x 40"

Magenta Rise   Oil on Linen   16" x 12"

Magenta Rise
Oil on Linen
16" x 12"

On the Edge   Oil on Linen   16" x 12"

On the Edge
Oil on Linen
16" x 12"

Summer Wind   Oil on Canvas   12" x 12"

Summer Wind
Oil on Canvas
12" x 12"

Low country   Oil on Paper   22" x 16"

Low country
Oil on Paper
22" x 16"

Morningfields   Oil on Paper   12" x 16"

Morningfields
Oil on Paper
12" x 16"

Shifting Tide   Oil on Paper   20" x 16"

Shifting Tide
Oil on Paper
20" x 16"