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Karen Lorena Parker

The Golden Hour, An Environment Portrait. Cinematographers soften dramatic visions with volumetric backlighting. Nostalgia is represented in warmer tones, from sepia-oranges to the adjustment of the blues edges to green. My subject matter is chosen for the story refraction of light through my clouds, behind trees, shining on flowers, light bending in deep ponds. The external forces that act on a story telling moment, the transient shadows of trees are more interesting that the tree itself. The shade it brings, the clean air, a space for us to gather in collective memories.

My storm series softly edge from dark clouds to light. Strong winds prompt a dance of luminescent leaves, shimmering in reds and warm golds. In the storms, dancing trees, and the melody of night skies, my chosen memories are softened and whimsical. Bold strokes and drama add structural tension, but my work remains lighthearted, optimistic.

When you tak ea picture with your camera and it doesn't match what you see and feel? My challenge is to bring the viewier emotionally into our limited visual meidum of print, paint and digital realm. A warm afternoon sun with long shadows, or the softened play of shadows through the trees--- the light in which we see things-- is what makes our memories. Our perspective, what we see with feeling, connects us.

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