ARTIST'S BIO & ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Hockey Pond acrylic on canvas 36 x 36"
* Artist's Bio*
Dustan Knight is a professional artist, educator, and art writer. She earned her Masters in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in NYC and her MA in Art History from Boston University. She is a recipient of a NH State Fellowship for the Arts, a MacDowell Colony residency, and a past Cummington Artist Colony resident. Dustan is represented by galleries across the US, including Art Three in Manchester, the Ogunquit Art Association in Maine. She’s a contributing writer to Art New England, a frequent juror, and gives demonstrations and workshops in watercolor, art business, and art history. Her work has appeared in Watercolor Magazine, Daniel Smith, Cheap Joe’s and Ampersand Insider Newsletters. Dustan’s work is in many private and public collections, including Macy’s, Acme and Oracles as well as numerous hospitals and New Hampshire public buildings.
I work in long series that share a common theme. Often these themes are drawn from my personal experiences. Time not in the studio is usually spend walking, riding, gardening or boating - and these images reoccur frequently. Snow, ice, wind-blown island gardens, light reflecting on water, raw granite ledges, meandering trails among sparse trees with glimpses of sun dazzling ocean beyond, reappear more, but usually less, literally. The surface of my paintings is important to me, and I take great delight in the transitions from bare canvas to thick impasto and foreign materials. The rhythm and energy of the marks and shapes is rigorously determined - varying to create musical passages. The palettes are simplified and fundamental to the mood of each painting. I like the viewer to look longer at my paintings. I invite my audience to connect and participate in creating the artwork's meaning.