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Alix Halman Travis

Rhinebeck, NY

For me the painting life begins and ends with watercolor.  Summers are spent ­­­painting with watercolor alla prima, en plein air and those summer paintings are the source of inspiration for oils or multimedia collages. Evident throughout my work is an intentionally strong sense of place that derives from my interest in history, traditions and how man has altered "this" place as opporsed to "that" place. The work is intended to be a lively represention of an area rather than a particular. place.

I began my painting life after retirement as a professional librarian and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH followed by The Art Students League New York.  My practice is dictated by the seasons.  In warm weather I paint outside in watercolor moving to the studio for oils on canvas and finally to collge when I tear my less successful watercolor paintings from the summer into shapes to form entirely different compositions. 

I have exhibited locally, and nationally and in July, 2018 two oil paintings where exhibited at the 83rd Cooperstown Art Association National Exhibition, NY.  In 2017 my watercolor painting, “October Day in the Catskills”, was used for the cover of Arts & Culture in the Central Catskills, Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway Audio Guide.  Other of my watercolors have earned awards and signature status in several societies.  I founded and coordinated for 10 years the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters.  Spreading the pleasure of painting outside and raising awareness of our threatened national landscape and vernacular architecture is a special interest.   I have introduced many students to the practice.

This intense observation in watercolor is the background for an ongoing series of oil paintings reflecting the shared communal life my commuities.  Collectors reside all over the North Eastern United States.  My work has struck a special resonance and found homes with several institutions in the Catskill Mountains:  Holy Innocents Church, Halcottsville, NY, Delaware Ulster Historical Railroad Association, Arkville, NY, Middletown Town Government, Margaretville, NY.  Most recently, in 2019 my painting "Winter Window" will be exhibited at The Butler Institute of American Art, Mid Year Show, Youngstown, OH.

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