October 8 – January 31, 2020

The Jansen Art Center is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Wonnacott to the Inn at Lynden for an exhibit of her work. The exhibit opens on Tuesday, October 8 and will be on display through January, 2020.

ARTIST STATEMENT

There is something hauntingly beautiful about left behind barns that stirs my imagination. Creating this exhibit has enabled me to explore the connection between what is real and my own sentimental and romantic perspective.  When I see abandoned barns I wonder who lived there, what families depended upon these barns and outbuildings, what crops did they raise, and finally, why did they leave? With my romantic perspective I consider these architectural beauties and imagine brimming haylofts, the variety of livestock and abundant, fragrant harvests. As I paint, I conjure a vision that life on these homesteads was charming and simpler.

I have deliberately painted idealized images of the barns, the people and the animals as a way of honoring this aspect of our Americana. The agrarian life has changed dramatically and modernized. Hardworking and dedicated families still provide the essential sustenance of our lives. The barns and scenes I have created represent our romantic pastoral history, and I hope in some modest way, I have honored all that is rural.

A common feature in my artwork is the dramatic depiction of light and shadow and very simple compositions. I imagine my colors in full sunlight to emphasize detail and use shadow to simplify, balance and add essential compositional elements. All of my paintings are created in oil paints and I use my photography as a source of inspiration.

EXHIBIT ARTWORK

Artwork can be purchased through our Gallery Shop and will be available for pickup when the exhibit closes. Please call 360-354-3600 for more information.

Please note, the Jansen Art Center does not ship artwork.

Barns in Bow - Elizabeth Wonnacott

Barns and Out Buildings, Bow, WA
Oil/Canvas
30”x 48”

Old Red Farm Truck - Elizabeth Wonnacott

Old Red Farm Truck
Oil/Canvas
30” x 40”

Wild Sunflowers

Wild Sunflowers
Oil/Canvas
30” x 20”

Singing Goat

Singing Goat
Oil/Canvas
20” x 20”

Sunflower Ascension

Sunflower Ascension
Oil/Canvas
18” x 14”

Wonnacott Dairy Barn

Dairy Barn
Oil/Canvas
24” x 36”

LoveEwe

Love Ewe
Oil/Canvas
24” x 24”

Fancy Rooster

Rooster
Oil/Wood Panel
14” x 14”

Left Behind I

Left Behind I
Oil/Canvas
40” x 40”

Hens

Hens
Oil/Wood Panel
14” x 14”

Left Behind II

Left Behind II
Oil/Canvas
40″ x 40”

Barns and Out Buildings, Bow, WA

Summer’s Barn, Mt. Vernon, WA
Oil/Canvas
24” x 36”

  • October 8, 2019 - January 31, 2020
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue:  

Address:
100 5th Street, Lynden, Washington, 98264, United States