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Don Braken
West Cornwall, CT



Sitting on Earth by Don Braken

Sitting on Earth
Using an Ian Ingersol Bench

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About the Artist:

I have been involved with painting landscapes in one form or another for many years. My earlier landscapes are evocative river paintings. I have always liked doing water paintings for the obvious visual opportunities that water provides but also the metaphorical and metaphysical nature of a river as a flowing entity - providing a means to go from one place to another whether in our minds, or as a means of transportation or for providing the life-sustaining substance for our bodies and growing the food we eat.

Through my "dirt" paintings, I have tried to express the omnipotence of the earth, of nature and the fragility of man. I've been using dirt from farms in Glastonbury and Cornwall, and other natural substances from the ground such as river sand from the Connecticut River, clay from Cornwall, and limestone from Falls Village. These paintings aren't about a place, they are of it. I want the viewer to feel they are part of the landscape, and by creating a large enough size and a rich enough texture, with earth and materials from the land we inhabit, I believe I achieve that result.

Don has won awards and grants for his work. He has exhibited his work widely in the northeast and his art is part of several private collections of note.

Figure in an Overgrown Field
Figure in an Overgrown Field

Dream of Italy
Dream of Italy
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