Cary Jurriaans (www.caryjurriaans.com) lives and paints in Fall City, Washington (30 minutes from Seattle). She moved there after living in Seattle for 20 years. Cary was born and raised in the Netherlands and grew up among some of the most beautiful art in the world. She has shown an abundance of creative energy throughout her life, after pursuing the decorative arts in many forms, she started painting. Caryís formal art training started at the Gage Academy. She also spent time at the Florence Academy of Art and attended many other workshops in Europe and the US. She studied with David Leffel, Jeff Legg, Ned Mueller and many others (see resume below). Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows in the area, most notable the PONCHO invitational.
Cary comes from a family of painters, her aunt was the Parisian painter Mena Loopuyt(1902-1991). She is also a direct descendant of Johan Joeke Gabriel van Wicheren (1808-1897), a Frisian portrait painter. He was the first teacher of Isaac Israels (a famous dutch painter). Caryís work is in private collections in the US and Europe,
In 2006 Cary started a workshop art school, now the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio www.whidbeyislandfas.com
THE STILLNESS OF THINGs
Artist Statement Cary Jurriaans
The world around us is constantly moving, things are moving at lightning speed. In fact movement seems to be the comfort zone that our world knows. The idea of sitting still and just settling into the space of stillness seems to be a foreign notion, a radical concept.
And yet there is magic that happens in this space of stillness that simply cannot happen in the space of continual movement. There is a purity and serenity that simply cannot be found anywhere else.
I love painting this stillness. It has that quiet that I crave. I love the shapes of common objects, the reflections, the sleek lines and the soft and hard edges. The endless variety of patterns of light and dark fascinate me. I revel in the experience of working with paint creating the illusion of form and a flat surface and the ongoing challenge of seeing and learning more each time.
Painting is exhilarating, challenging and personally revealing. It has given me a new view on life and experiences beyond my imagination.
‚ÄúTo be ‚Äėof one‚Äôs time‚Äô is not a matter of style, but of thoughtful consideration of the nature of one‚Äôs time. If art in our time has become sterile, imitative, over conceptualized and depersonalized, then art in the classic sense offers a valuable humanizing tonic to the mass media culture by enabling us to imagine BEAUTY‚ÄĚ (James Langley)