From Daniel Coston's "Southern Arkansas" portfolio.
says in his artist's statement for his show "Arkansas, As Is,"
opening Friday, March 20, at Cantrell Gallery
that he never tries to "represent the rural scenery with a 'halo.' Always painting scenes with bright, golden sunshine glimmering off old home places wouldn't seem true to me." His work includes mimetic landscapes of old barns and such that have seen better days painted in fading light, and scenes of open fields in that hot yellow light of an Arkansans summer.
Coston is a native of Monticello; he lives and works in Fayetteville. He says he hopes to "respectfully render the places where regular folks lived and worked and, just maybe, remind us contemporaries that those lives mattered as well. Being aware of the past helps me evaluate the present.”
Cantrell will hold an reception for Coston and "Arkansas, As Is" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening. The show continues through May 9.