Doug says, “There exists in everyone’s life those brief moments that lift one up out of life’s daily routines and allow one to exist for time, on a different plane. It is these very moments that if left undocumented, would drift ever so quickly back into the continuous stream of everyday existence. For the artist, to capture such a moment and document it through an expression of art is sheer enjoyment. To portray such a moment with a degree of skill that affords others a glimpse into an otherwise private experience is priceless.”
…….a Father and Son moment, each posed against a Bierstadt landscape of canyons and waterfalls with the ghostly mist of the river rising just beyond their reach.
…….a fall morning of fly fishing the Firehole with illusions of distant geysers dancing on the horizon, obscured now and then by falling snow and subtle shifts in the wind; and then – the bombastic strike of a rainbow at the end of the line!
…….the last rays of sunlight casting images of afternoon subtleties along the banks of the Ouachita, revealing forms illuminated in brilliant hues of yellows and oranges, pronounced against a grey blue sky.
…….those long ago Sunday afternoon strolls along a California beach, watching people watching sea lions stretched out on the warm sands – dreaming sea lion dreams.
These are the artist’s special moments and through artistic expression, you are invited to share these experiences and step temporally out of the stream of everyday life for only a brief moment.
Doug Breckenridge originally began to paint in the mid-70s; however, marriage, children and a career, required that this activity be put on hold. It wasn’t until after the many years of ball park nights – clandestinely sipping frozen margaritas from ball park cups – that he was able once again to take up this passion. His paintings spring not from the aspect of pure design, but from an aspect of displaying those moments that meant so much to him, both visually and emotionally……and if he could again envision those now distant ball parks nights, he would also paint them and dream margarita dreams.
The gallery will also be open until 9pm on Thursday, February 5 for the Art Gallery Crawl. Stop by and meet Doug in person.
The River Gallery is located at 308 Trenton Street in the heart of Antique Alley in West Monroe, LA. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00-5:00. The gallery is in a tax-free art zone, so all original art work is tax-free. Come visit “the best-kept secret” in town and add some local, original art work to your collection. Phone: 318-323-2380.
Web site: http://www.ouachitariverartgallery.com