“Idyllic Summer,” oil on canvas, by Lisa Kyle.

Landing Gallery announces the opening of “Seasons of Beauty,” a solo exhibition of 59 new paintings by Lisa Kyle, on view from May 4 to 28.

Kyle will be in the gallery from 5 to 7 pm. May 6 to share her inspiration and answer questions about her creative process.

“After living in Maine full time for 5 years, I have come to appreciate the beauty of the Maine landscape in all of the seasons of the year,” Kyle says. “When we first visited Maine in 2004, I fell in love with the startling blues of the water and the vast open skies at the water’s edge. Now as I experience the changes throughout the year, I see that there is a palette of colors for every season. In winter, the colors are more muted, almost achromatic. The skies are dark before a storm and almost milky white on some mornings. The silence of winter is exhilarating. In spring, there is an exuberance of color in the shocking green of new tree leaves and bright flowers. I am especially drawn to lupines! I have found that the summer meadows of goldenrod bring me as much pleasure as the view of the ocean. Autumn brings its own riot of color as the trees turn red and yellow and the meadow grasses fade to gold. In my collection, ‘Seasons of Beauty,’ I have responded to the gifts that the landscape of Maine provides us with each season. As the world seems to tilt towards violence and chaos, I have found solace and hope in nature, recognizing its continuity as well as its beauty. I see my practice of painting as a way that I can share that solace and hope with others.”

A lifelong artist, Kyle paints in the tradition of the Impressionists, attempting to capture the effects of light in the landscape. Kyle’s formal education and training is in architecture, having earned a BA in environmental design and a MA in architecture. Her architectural training gives her work a strong underlying sense of composition and mark-making. She has studied painting at Southern Methodist University, the Savannah College of Art & Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art and participated in numerous workshops with many well-known artists. Her love of the natural world and painting has recently brought her to Maine to pursue her passion to be an artist.

“I want to capture a moment of beauty and my place in that moment,” she says. “When I’m successful, my work reflects an elusive moment of peace and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world.”

Landing Gallery is at 409 Main St. in Rockland. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The gallery is closed Monday through Wednesday. For more information, call 207-239-1223, or email [email protected].

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