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This piece is loosely after Turner, with atmospheric brushwork, layers and a palette knife.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

December 29, 2021

Beautifully chaotic, Judith Skillman’s "Spray" boasts a disparate array of art historical influences. As Skillman points out, the painting is partially inspired by early 19th-century romantic artist, J.M.W. Turner's paintings of wild and whirling, white and grey storms swirling in hectic vortexes over tumultuous oceans. Skillman's approach is far more contemporary and abstract than Turner's. The scoring of the palette knife, thick impasto, and abstract approach to nature is highly reminiscent of virtuoso Abstract Expressionist, Joan Mitchell’s richly painted canvases. Mitchell was a master with the palette knife and captured all of nature’s movement, glory, and chaos in richly painted, gestural works that are as fearlessly abstract as they are faithful renderings of natural forms and the moods they inspire. "Spray" is replete with these qualities and a muted tonal beauty that portrays the raging tempest with restrained grace.

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Judith Skillman
Judith Skillman Creator

December 29, 2021

Thank you, John--this means a lot to me. To be compared to Joan Mitchell is quite an honor.

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Judith Skillman
Abstract Expressionism
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Canvas
16.00 inches wide
12.00 inches tall
1.00 inches deep
2.00 lbs
Hazelwood, WA, US