Laura Ross-Paul
Waterfalls
September 1 - September 26, 2015

First Thursday reception September 3, 2015
open until 8:00pm

Exhibition tour and discussion with the artists
September 12, 2015
11am

Laura Ross-Paul

"Waterfalls are often heard before seen, so first visual impressions might be imagined and internal, matching the way I approach my depictions of them. I’ve had many actual experiences with these wonderful crescendo points of nature and know how to paint them, however my paintings of waterfalls for my September exhibit at Froelick Gallery are symbolic of a natural, spiritual unity that echoes human experience.

Encountering raw nature is, for me, a journey of spiritual discovery and an exploration of self-knowledge. I can easily imagine what it would feel like to be a drop of water bouncing along towards an edge, an event horizon, beyond which is the unknown, then suddenly in free fall before sinking deep down, only to rise back up to the surface, continuing the onward journey.

I have taken this trip literally, in cascading stream slides, and figuratively, through life experience. The intense rawness of a confrontation with such a powerful natural force echoes the internal struggle for self-awareness. A waterfall is Nature’s way of dealing with a change of elevation along a waterway’s forward progression. From falling raindrop in the mountains to the vast ocean, a great cycle of transformation and renewal is continually ongoing and waterfalls have their part in that.

My life has had numerous drops in elevation when I’ve especially felt in free-fall. Part of a waterfall’s symbolism is, for me, the recognition that the dramatic free-fall is but a part of a continuing journey, perhaps an appropriate symbol for the year I turn 65."     Laura Ross-Paul, 2015

Fall River Initiation _1 Wonder Falls
oil and wax on canvas
42 x 54 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Water Hole
oil and wax on canvas
30 x 40 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Gentle Cascade
oil and wax on canvas
24 x 24 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 King Auguste
oil and wax on canvas
30 x 24 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Quiet Cascade
oil and wax on canvas
18 x 24 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Triple Self-Portrait at Trident Falls
oil and wax on canvas
90 x 37 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Secret Grotto
oil and wax on canvas
90 x 37 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 River Otters
oil and wax on board
20 x 16 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Criss Cross Falls
oil and wax on canvas
40 x 30 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Hand Play #2
oil and wax on canvas
10 x 8 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Hand Play #1
oil and wax on canvas
12 x 12 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Immersed Head #4
oil and wax on canvas
12 x 12 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Immersed Head #3
oil and wax on canvas
12 x 9 inches
SOLD
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Immersed Head #2
oil and wax on canvas
12 x 9 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Wayside Reach
watercolor, Figment & pastel on paper
30 x 16 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Water Steps
watercolor, Figment & pastel on paper
30 x 16 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Twin Falls
watercolor, Figment & pastel on paper
30 x 16 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Ripple Falls
watercolor, Figment & pastel on paper
30 x 16 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Over the Edge
watercolor, Figment & pastel on paper
30 x 16 inches
SOLD
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Misty Spot
watercolor, Figment & pastel on paper
30 x 16 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Falls and Pools
watercolor, Figment & pastel on paper
30 x 16 inches
 
Fall River Initiation _1 Falls and Perch
watercolor, Figment & pastel on paper
30 x 16 inches