My landscapes are scenes from western Maine, mostly Weld. Each shows a dialog between earth and sky. The movement of clouds indicates a sense of time and rapid, continual change. Contrast that against the mountains and the large sculptural masses that are the land, which hint at stability and what we, who live briefly, see as permanence. Against all this are the trees, the plants, the producers that give the earth its fecundity, and which are assailed by and endure the weather. In these landscapes, I am painting a system of large forces and billions of individuals, and I am painting its beauty and its might and its sublimity.
We humans are not visible in these paintings. Even wild animals are not in these paintings. We are implied as the viewers as if we stood there, looking out from our own eyes where we do not see ourselves. These landscapes are a place to go for perspective, where we are alone but not lonely, where we are in nature but not threatened. They show a nature that is not sentimentalized, that is hard and grand and intimate.
This is a nature we can call home.
Shelah Horvitz is a contemporary American realistic painter. Trained from early youth in art, philosophy, literature, religion, and mythology, Shelah is an artist whose paintings explore how to find wisdom and connect with the whole of creation.
She lives with her husband and dog in the tiny hamlet of Weld, on the edge of wilderness in the western mountains of Maine.