I was inspired by the poem of Mary Oliver called The Summer Day: "What else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"  I created this painting with a painting knife using two different mark making techniques, which resulted in a highly textured surface. The flowers are done impasto style. This decadent surface of different textures brings the painting to life. 

- Wietzie Gerber

Wild & Precious Life #1
WIETZIE GERBER


Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2017

36" h x 24" w x .5" d
10 lbs. 2 oz.

$1,900

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Artist
Wietzie Gerber
Lorgues, France

Getting to Know Wietzie

When Wietzie Gerber broke her femur in 2013 from a biking accident, she was in a wheelchair for three months. During this time she had difficulty using a paintbrush and began using a painting knife instead. Her accident presented her with a blessing that led Wietzie to develop her unique technique — a surface full of small stipples of paint from the knife. This decadent surface of texture brings her abstraction to life. In addition, the color, shapes, and the subtle allusions in her titles, lead you through the emotional subject of her work. Although the paintings have a quiet, melancholy feel, there is a sense of radiance in the way she captures light as it moves through her compositions. The work feels expansive, as if growing out beyond the confines of the canvas, creating space with the drama of its bold color, strong lines, and copious markings.