ART ON VIEW
Tranquility: Works by Liz Hoag
at Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury
In “Tranquility”, Maine artist Liz Hoag debuts a collection of landscapes. Hoag’s work captures the quiet and peace of the Maine outdoors. The forests and the way that they frame the landscape are of particular interest to the artist. Hoag takes photographic sketches on walks through woodlands and fields, of the trees and the open land as well as the waterways of her state. What might at first glance seem ordinary becomes important for its positive and negative composition and for the balance of light and shadow. Back in her studio, she blends observation with her emotional response to her subject to produce quietly dramatic, often somewhat abstracted landscapes. The artist normally starts with a dark canvas and builds on it by adding light. She believes that it is the play of light and shadow in nature that evokes feelings of calm. Hoag’s collection for Edgewater includes pieces that are highly representational as well as those that move toward the abstract. The “Tangle” series are studies of branches and that are transformed and become compositions about positive and negative space.
Liz Hoag maintains a studio in Westbrook, Maine, outside of Portland. She graduated with a BFA from Cornell University and a MFA from Boston University. Her work is held in numerous private collections and she has been mentioned in multiple publications, including Maine Home and Design’s art issue, where she was listed as a 2016 “one to watch”.
Edgewater Gallery on the Green
6 Merchant’s Row
by Liz Hoag
acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury