Allison Stewart shares her time between New Orleans, Louisiana and Snowmass, Colorado. Stewart’s abstract nature impressions are inspired by stories of restoration, cultivation, conservation in both the natural world and her life in stories that often intersect. Residing somewhere between realism and abstraction, Stewart paints visual diaries of her emotions about a landscape, about “nature in the act of becoming, nature in the act of changing, of altering itself or being altered,” according to the artist. Her nature-based abstract paintings reflect the duality of substance and spirit, image and impression, observation and memory. Below, she shares the inspiration of her “Deep Breath” series, new arrivals for the One West, Three Perspectives exhibition.
Works in the “Deep Breath” Series are inspired by the landscape of the West and the landscape of coastal Louisiana. In each environment, water is a primary concern in both its presence and its absence. While Louisiana is constantly threatened by hurricanes and flooding, the mountain West is under siege from droughts and wildfires.
All the “Mountain Breath” paintings refer to the depth and clarity of the air in mountain environments and the feeling of exhilaration that comes with each breath at that altitude.