Our featured artist for today, Jeanie Gebhart, paints in oils using a palette knife as her primary tool. This somewhat unconventional painting technique results in images that are an interesting visual leap away from traditional brushwork.
When I look at Jeanie’s abstract works I find I am reminded of seeing an image through a foggy window, or through water. Light and shapes are refracted in such a way that even knowing these are abstractions I can see a myriad of possible images coming to the surface, and then sinking away into the various pigments and layers of paint. The hard edge of a palette knife leaves individual strokes of paint that have an almost geometric quality to them.
Jeanie’s palette knife paintings are very focused in the way that they use colour – often a painting will favour a single colour in various tints, with one or two moments of a complimentary colour making a small appearance. This creates a nice touch of depth in paintings that may seem simple at first glance.