"Eat A Peach", oil, 5 x 7"
“I make a home for myself in my work, yet when I enter that home I know how flimsy a shelter I have wrought for my spirit.”– Anne Truitt
Listening to Antrese Wood interview Kathleen Speranza on her fantastic podcast The Savvy Painter, I’m struck by Kathleen’s inspiring honesty about her approach to painting, her love of the qualities, forms and ephemeral beauty of her subjects, her love of the language of painting, the discerning advantages of aging. As I listen, this peach challenges me to capture the way light melts into its fuzzy surface, its leaves turn and taunt, the old, chalky green milk paint on the wooden crate opposes the living green of the peach leaves. As I struggle to communicate these textures, Antrese and Kathleen talk about being allowed to paint whatever subject you want and really, most especially, the satisfaction of being able to do so.