Bobbie Salthouse About
For me painting is a process of discovery and pushing limits. It is important that I allow myself to take chances while painting; if I can take risks with my art work, I can take risks in other areas of my life. There are no real mistakes, since the possibility of taking advantage of happy accidents encourages me even at a moment of frustration.
I find inspiration in the natural world around me. Since moving to Western Massachusetts, I have been especially fascinated by the possibility of translating observations made in my garden, on my frequent woodland walks and summer sailing excursions into abstract artistic expression.
I have been especially inspired by my teacher, mentor and friend, Helen Corning, who has taught me so much about painting and life. Other sources of inspiration include my interest in languages, the world of childhood, Klimt, Klee, Folon, Steinberg, Betty Woodman and whatever it is that I'm looking at when I visit a museum.
My art works are reflections of my state of mind at the moment of their conception. They are intensely personal and spontaneous explorations. I often make use of improvised scratching in my paintings, revealing unexpected micro-compositions. I think of these scribblings and surprises as whispers which are heard and felt, more than understood on a cognitive level.
Hosmer Gallery, Assemblages, Northampton, MA, March 2013
Burnett Gallery, Inside the Box, Amherst MA, November 2011
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., Rivers of Silk, November 2008
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., Magic Squares, May 2008
___In Black and White, ___ Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV, January 15th to February 28th, 2016.
Petersham Art Center, with Tracey Maroni, July, 2015
Hope and Feathers Gallery, Amherst, MA, July 2014
Alexandria, VA City Hall, 2013
The Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, 2013
Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD,2013
West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction, NJ, 2012
Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD, 2012
Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD, July - August 2011
River Road Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD, June 2011
Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD Outloud Artists, Sept. - Nov. 2010
Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD Outloud Artists, Aopril 2009
Blackrock Arts Center, Gaithersburg, MD, Outloud Artists, May 2007
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., New Members' Show, February 2007
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., Holiday Show, Devcember 2006
Washington Arts Club, Washington DC, Painting Out Loud, November, 2006
Touchstone Gallery: Washington, DC, Living Out Loud, April 2006
Ozmosis Gallery artist, Bethesda, MD. 2004-2005
Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD --Juried member show, 2003
Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD --Juried member show, 2002
Strathmore Hall, Juried Member Show,
Glen Echo Gallery, Group show, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD, 2000
Bobbie's work is in private collections in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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