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Rural Landscapes and Architecture: Painting by Carol Ross

An acrylic painting of houses in the snowInternet Connections, acrylic on board

Carol Ross is a Washington-based painter who works primarily in acrylic, creating stylized, neutral-hued paintings of rural landscapes and architecture. The artist’s style sees large objects like hills, trees, and houses reduced to rounded shapes and planes of rich colour, abstracted yet comfortably familiar. 

A painting of yellow rolling hills with housesRainbow Pipeline, acrylic on canvas


I’m really enjoying Carol’s recent Social Isolation Series -- in these works the artist paints a recurring grey landscape dotted with houses, or criss-crossing laundry lines hung with earth-toned garments. The focus of these works is less detail and more building an overarching mood and atmosphere -- snowy, cold landscapes with no visible human or animal figures evoke a sense of solitude, even with multiple dwellings and evidence of life. These paintings are indeed very apt for 2020, even in summer. 

A screen capture of Carol Ross' art portfolio


I also love Carol’s Landscapes -- the style employed in these works ranges from bright and slightly simplified with flattened planes of colour, to the kind of gestural realism that one might expect from paintings en plein air. Orange and yellow-hued rolling hills give the viewer the impression of a warm, autumnal landscape.

A painting of a chair in a dull empty fieldStillness (WPW Show), acrylic on board

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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