Visions in Color: Finding Vibrancy in the Plains
Visual Artist, Tammy Schuett
November 2nd - December 4th
The Great Plains have been my home for most of my life. I can look out my back door and see the wide-reaching horizon. There’s something about the place where the earth meets the sky
that pulls me in and captivates me. What others may find ordinary, and may not even notice, comes alive when I see it—and I must paint it.
I use acrylics in gestural brush strokes to show movement and energy. If you’ve spent any amount of time on the Plains, you know that the wind doesn’t mess around. I want the viewer to feel that wind pulling and pushing at the trees, crops, and grasses of my paintings. Using my
signature style, I express the lyrical lines flowing through the ground, around the trees, and
across the horizon. There is poetry and art in the way the world moves around us if we only take the time to pause and delight in life.
Some people may look at the Plains and see only green and brown—and those colors are
certainly there—but I see so much more. Color is a passion of mine, and that drives me to use it in unique ways. A pond isn’t just muddy blue, it’s the sky and the trees and a reflection of the beauty that surrounds it. A field of freshly-harvested hay isn’t just short, brown grass—it’s a
playground of whimsical hay bales. A lone tree at the end of a field dances and stretches in elegant solitude. I seek to crown the world around me in vibrant color.
I often paint on canvases and boards with deep edges. When I get to the edge of a painting,
that’s never where the story ends—beyond the reference photo, or field of vision, the horizon continues. It stretches in bountiful earth and sky. I started wrapping my paintings around the edge of the canvas to mimic the way there’s always more just beyond what we can see. This has become a signature style for me that creates a contemporary, frameless artwork.
My paintings illustrate how everything knits together. It’s my desire that you experience a warm positivity and empowerment to be creative yourself. How are the trees and horizons you pass everyday moving in this world with life and vibrancy?
BOB PELTZ' STUDENT EXHIBIT FROM CARNEGIE'S SUMMER ART CAMP
Tuesday Through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open Sundays 1-4PM Jun - Aug 31
-CHARLES AND ELLEN LIERK
-FARMER'S STATE BANK
Carnegie Arts Center
204 W 4th St
Alliance NE 69301
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL AND THE NEBRASKA CULTURAL ENDOWMENT