Hadley Anne Rampton works at Phillips Gallery. The question is: WHEN, exactly, does she do that? I mean, her lovely watercolors and sketches hail from Slovenia, Santiago, Santa Margherita, Kosovo, Macedonia, Armenia, Budapest . . . she is everywhere on the planet. And she is collected everywhere, it seems, too. There’s a show in March at Art Access titled “On the Border: Thailand and Myanmar Paintings” with two other artists. (I think she is Myanmar.) She also shows her work at Phillips, and says:
“As 2016 rolls in you’ll find me continuing to set up my easel, canvas, palette and paints in the Rocky Mountain wilderness that I love and where I have been plein air painting for the past 17 years. My subject matter has not changed significantly over the years but the way in which I apply paint has. I continue exploring different mark-making techniques as I respond to the natural beauty surrounding me. Shall I work with a palette knife or brush? How will I blend my strokes, if at all? With what degree of emotional energy versus considered thought will I lay down my stroke? I continue to be intrigued by the juxtaposition of realism and abstraction. To which will I give authority? This is ever changing, and that is one of the reasons my work continues to intrigue me. “
Sounds like maybe Hadley’s going to stay home this year.
Her website is www.hadleyrampton.com.
A graduate of the University of Utah, Ann Poore is a freelance writer and editor who spent most of her career at The Salt Lake Tribune. She was the 2018 recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award in the Literary Arts.