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Ann Lofquist

Passing Observations

February 8 - March 2, 2024

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Ashfield Oaks  24" x 36.5"  Oil On Canvas

Ashfield Oak

24" x 36.5"

Oil On Canvas

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Big Sycamore  40" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

Big Sycamore (SOLD)

40" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

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Bray Road I  7.5" x 16"  Oil On Panel

Bray Road I

7.5" x 16"

Oil On Panel

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Bray Road II  12" x 18"  Oil On Panel

Bray Road II

12" x 18"

Oil On Panel

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Bray Road III  7.5" x 17"  Oil On Panel

Bray Road III

7.5" x 17"

Oil On Panel

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Bright March  24" x 64"  Oil On Canvas

Bright March

24" x 64"

Oil On Canvas

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Dublin  6" x 17.5"  Oil On Panel

Dublin

6" x 17.5"

Oil On Panel

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Lowville, October  7.75" x 22"  Oil On Panel

Lowville, October

7.75" x 22"

Oil On Panel

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Last Oak Turning  8" x 18"  Oil On Panel

Last Oak Turning (SOLD)

8" x 18"

Oil On Panel

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Middle Creek Bend  23.5" x 60"   Oil On Canvas

Middle Creek Bend (HOLD)

23.5" x 60" 

Oil On Canvas

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October Oaks  8.5" x 17.5"  Oil On Panel

October Oaks

8.5" x 17.5"

Oil On Panel

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October, Stony Creek  26" x 72"  Oil On Canvas

October, Stony Creek

26" x 72"

Oil On Canvas

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Pembroke  7" x 17"  Oil On Panel

Pembroke

7" x 17"

Oil On Panel

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Randolph  7" x 16"  Oil On Panel

Randolph (SOLD)

7" x 16"

Oil On Panel

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Round Barn, Sharon, VT  6 3/4" x 18"  Oil On Panel

Round Barn, Sharon, VT

6.75" x 18"

Oil On Panel

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Shadows at Noon  25" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

Shadows at Noon

25" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

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Sinking Creek  7" x 14"  Oil On Panel

Sinking Creek (SOLD)

7" x 14"

Oil On Panel

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Sinking Creek, Sycamore  26.5" x 60  Oil On Canvas

Sinking Creek, Sycamore

26.5" x 60

Oil On Canvas

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Snow Falling, Bray Road  27.75" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

Snow Falling, Bray Road

27.75" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

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Swoope, March  8" x 20"  Oil On Panel

Swoope, March

8" x 20"

Oil On Panel

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Tazewell Sycamore  9" x 9"  Oil On Panel

Tazewell Sycamore (SOLD)

9" x 9"

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Wet October  28" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

Wet October

28" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

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Ashfield Oaks  24" x 36.5"  Oil On Canvas

Ashfield Oak

24" x 36.5"

Oil On Canvas

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Big Sycamore  40" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

Big Sycamore (SOLD)

40" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

Bray Road I  7.5" x 16"  Oil On Panel

Bray Road I

7.5" x 16"

Oil On Panel

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Bray Road II  12" x 18"  Oil On Panel

Bray Road II

12" x 18"

Oil On Panel

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Bray Road III  7.5" x 17"  Oil On Panel

Bray Road III

7.5" x 17"

Oil On Panel

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Bright March  24" x 64"  Oil On Canvas

Bright March

24" x 64"

Oil On Canvas

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Dublin  6" x 17.5"  Oil On Panel

Dublin

6" x 17.5"

Oil On Panel

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Lowville, October  7.75" x 22"  Oil On Panel

Lowville, October

7.75" x 22"

Oil On Panel

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Last Oak Turning  8" x 18"  Oil On Panel

Last Oak Turning (SOLD)

8" x 18"

Oil On Panel

Middle Creek Bend  23.5" x 60"   Oil On Canvas

Middle Creek Bend (HOLD)

23.5" x 60" 

Oil On Canvas

October Oaks  8.5" x 17.5"  Oil On Panel

October Oaks

8.5" x 17.5"

Oil On Panel

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October, Stony Creek  26" x 72"  Oil On Canvas

October, Stony Creek

26" x 72"

Oil On Canvas

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Pembroke  7" x 17"  Oil On Panel

Pembroke

7" x 17"

Oil On Panel

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Randolph  7" x 16"  Oil On Panel

Randolph (SOLD)

7" x 16"

Oil On Panel

Round Barn, Sharon, VT  6 3/4" x 18"  Oil On Panel

Round Barn, Sharon, VT

6.75" x 18"

Oil On Panel

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Shadows at Noon  25" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

Shadows at Noon

25" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

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Sinking Creek  7" x 14"  Oil On Panel

Sinking Creek (SOLD)

7" x 14"

Oil On Panel

Sinking Creek, Sycamore  26.5" x 60  Oil On Canvas

Sinking Creek, Sycamore

26.5" x 60

Oil On Canvas

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Snow Falling, Bray Road  27.75" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

Snow Falling, Bray Road

27.75" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

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Swoope, March  8" x 20"  Oil On Panel

Swoope, March

8" x 20"

Oil On Panel

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Tazewell Sycamore  9" x 9"  Oil On Panel

Tazewell Sycamore (SOLD)

9" x 9"

Oil On Panel

Wet October  28" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

Wet October

28" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

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“When I choose a subject for plein air, I am responding to an immediate connection with a certain landscape at a certain time of day at a certain season. And by some mysterious alchemy my heart leaps. This stab of joy includes an element of longing and eventual loss that makes it more poignant: a realization of the universal truth ‘This too shall pass’...”

- Ann Lofquist  

Ann Lofquist - Passing Observations - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Gross McCleaf is delighted to present a new series of landscape paintings by Ann Lofquist in Passing Observations. Lofquist’s remarkable skill and eye for detail, beauty and serenity are on full display in this new collection of both small-scale plein air paintings, and larger studio works.

Having grown up beside the Potomac River in Maryland, Lofquist maintains a strong connection to the surrounding landscape from her childhood years, noting, “It is important to me to have a knowledge of a place if I am going to paint it extensively. By ‘knowledge’ I mean an intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna, the texture of the soil, the weather and seasonal changes”. Lofquist’s mastery in contemporary landscape painting and pictorial grandeur draws many parallels with the early American works of the Hudson River School and 19th century painters, and like her predecessors, she spends considerable time finding solace in and studying nature, selecting dynamic, rural scenes from the American northeast as her subjects.

Image Left: Tazewell Sycamore, 9″ x 9″, Oil On Panel

For Lofquist, “the act of painting from nature is an intuitive process”. Lush trees, rolling hills, trickling streams, distant mountains, fog and sky are recorded with speed and accuracy on-site. The resulting small paintings are rich with immediacy as they successfully capture a raw sense of discovery and emotional responsiveness. Lofquist references these studies, plus additional sketches and photos, back in her studio, switching from observer to architect, as she slowly works to produce larger, structured compositions. Emphasizing the integrity of each step in the development of her works, Lofquist notes, “In the studio, I try to reinvent the experience but also alter and improvise…I consider a large painting ‘adrift’ and courting failure if it loses the original emotional inspiration depicted in the plein air”.

Ann Lofquist - Passing Observations - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Lofquist’s work also acknowledges the ways humans engage with rural landscapes. She suggests a dialogue between the act of observation and the impact of human presence on the natural world by placing a solitary house, a winding road, or a lone figure amidst the scenery. While her plein air pictures offer a rush of delight that only nature can deliver, they ultimately invite us to pause and cherish the transient beauty of the ever-changing environment that surrounds us.

Image Right: Bray Road II, 12″ x 18″, Oil On Panel

Ann Lofquist - Passing Observations - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Lofquist received her BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis and her MFA from Indiana University. Her work has been shown across the country in galleries in Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland, ME. She has had solo exhibitions in Santa Monica, CA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA and more. Her work is in many public collections including the Arnot Art Museum in Almira, NY; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA and PECO Philadelphia. Lofquist currently resides in western Massachusetts. 

Image Left: Randolph, 7″ x 16″, Oil On Panel

Ann Lofquist - Passing Observations - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Middle Creek Bend, 23.5″ x 60", Oil On Canvas

~ Exhibition Preview ~

February 8 - March 2, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 1 - 4 pm