For Dreamers OnlyCandice Eisenfeld
Acrylic paint and encaustic on Wood
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
36 " h x 36 " w x 3 " d |16 lbs. 5 oz.
"The morning air is chilly just before dawn," Candice says of the setting for this dreamlike scene. "The trees are silhouettes and in heaven. This is a dream inside of another dream, in which there is a flock of birds. The birds morph from one variety to the next over a hazy landscape." To create the ethereal effect of the sky and heavens, Candice applied washes of acrylic paint to resemble encaustic. She contrasted this with the dark silhouetted landscape scene created with matte acrylic applied with cloth.
As an American exploring issues of identity, artist Candice Eisenfeld paints through the lens of the first American art movement, the Hudson River School. Rather than depicting a specific locale, Candice’s artwork evokes a sense of place. These "inner landscapes" are invented, and often reference photographs taken during travels in southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains. Whether real or imagined, her paintings are influenced by the Dutch Masters, Tonalists, and Chinese painting. Produced on a single wooden panel, the ethereal landscapes are often joined with segments of aqueous color fields which act as commentary for the landscapes, like the chorus in a Greek play. The crisp, hard edges separating the landscapes from the color fields command a sense of order in an otherwise fluid and painterly surface. With two or three sections of the panel competing for attention, the painting creates multiple focal points. Candice's art has been displayed in embassies in Namibia and Belarus, held in the collections of Norwest Bank and Northwest Airlines, and published in American Art Collector, Phoenix Home and Garden, and Southwest Art magazines. When she's not painting, Candice enjoys stand up comedy, volunteering, sewing and is a self-described "news junkie."