Create! Magazine is pleased to share the work of painter Ginnie Baer!
Ginnie was born and raised in northwest Ohio. After spending two years in frosty northern Wisconsin she eventually landed in Oklahoma, which allowed for a thorough exploration of the West/Southwest. She currently resides near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Berea, Kentucky. Ginnie received an MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including a residency and exhibition in Kofu, Japan. She has taught at several universities throughout the US and is currently an on-line lecturer in studio art at Oklahoma State University.
My paintings tell many stories.
They tell a story of landscape. Landscapes visited-- in reality, in dreams, and through memories. Of negative ions and magical panoramas.
They tell a story, through their titles, of the way humans will level trees and plants, build rows of homes in their place, then name the grouping of new houses ‘Lavender Woods’.
They tell a story of love. Of love and longing for places, magnificent, awe-inspiring landscapes and those just outside the door.
They tell a story of color—colors that evoke childhood, playful colors, serene colors. Colors that sit side by side or cancel each other out.
They tell a story of painting, the way brushstrokes are blended or not, sometimes just sitting on the surface. Of decisions made by agonizing for days and weeks and others made in seconds, one after the other. Of abstraction and representation, how they can live in harmony, though sometimes…they fight.
They tell a story of loss. Of losing your parents before adulthood and of having a beautiful childhood while they were still here.
They tell a story of wanting to offer comfort--after pain, grief, and illness and wanting to help others feel at peace.
Alicia Puig has been a contributing writer for Create! Magazine since 2017. Find more of her work: www.aliciapuig.com