Happy Valley

Ginny Howsam Friedman’s muse is Mother Nature. Nature found in the Hudson Valley and the parks in the Bronx feed her abstract landscape paintings.

Taking off from a memory or an observation, Friedman puts down the refined and the raw on paper and canvas with oil, oil stick, charcoal, graphite and stabilo. When caught between decision-making and the unexpected processes that happen, she tries to let both live in the work.

Some of the images are ghosts of earlier passages. These phantom presences are a mysterious yet visible record of decisions and changes made during the making of a painting.

Friedman wants a visceral take on nature. Her eyes crave texture and energy while her soul wants color. She likes to see the deliberate mark of her hand on the image.

Gestures make the surface come alive.