Ricketts, Chee Kludt

May 08, 2014. Firnew Artist Portraits

I reside with my husband on a hill surrounded by the mountains of central Virginia. The gentle slopes of the Shenandoah seem to rise from our backyard, but when I assemble my thoughts for painting, it is ever the mercurial and dramatic skies that command my attention. In my cloudscapes, I work from memory, rather than from photographs or even en plein air, because I carry with me the enchantment and inspiration of the natural world, day and night.

Grounded for many years in a style of traditional realism, today my paintings navigate between reality and interpreted vision, creating impressionistic scenes of subtle tension. My approach is both spontaneous and controlled, where quick brushwork, granulated washes, and manipulated light are countered by passages of precise rendering.   It is my goal to express my feelings—to interpret, rather than record; to inspire, rather than simply remind. Evoking the essence of the familiar, I seek to transport the viewer to a heightened appreciation of ephemeral moments in time.

Quicksilver Shower, Watercolor, 37" 31", Award of Distinction, Virginia Watercolor Society's Annual Juried Exhibition, 2016

Quicksilver Shower, Watercolor, 37″ 31″, Award of Distinction, Virginia Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition, 2016

Majestic Shenandoah, Watercolor on Canvas, Triptych, 52" x 21"

Majestic Shenandoah, Watercolor on Canvas, Triptych, 52″ x 21″

Aloft, Transparent Watercolor, 31" x 37"

Aloft, Transparent Watercolor, 31″ x 37″

Sunrise, Bright Angel, Acrylic on Canvas, 37" x 31"

Sunrise, Bright Angel, Acrylic on Canvas, 37″ x 31″

Forever, Watercolor, 37" x 31"

Forever, Watercolor, 37″ x 31″

Cloaked in Wonder, Transparent Watercolor, 21" x 26"

Cloaked in Wonder, Transparent Watercolor, 21″ x 26″

Website: http://www.cheekludtricketts.com/

Email: chee@cheekludtricketts.com

 

 


 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Ricketts, Chee Kludt

  1. i say the lemons that chee did at the cheese store downtown and really liked it. reminded me a lot of another local, mary alle. i feel sure that chee grew up with me in camden s.c. and that her mother was my 6th grade teacher and that she went to agnes scott with my sister sandra who was older. would be interested in knowing if this is correct. really do like both of the above paintings as well. brevard wallace

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