“Green Mansions” by Susan McCollum

Another thought provoking piece by Susan McCollum.  Thank you so much for sharing your art and insight.

“A landscape painting is essentially emotional in origin. It exists as a record of an effect in nature whose splendor has moved a human heart, and according as it is well or ill done it moves the hearts of others.”   Walter J. Phillips

When I was about 6 years old, I stumbled across a copy of “Green Mansions” by WH Hudson with an illustration of an ethereal forest in green, shimmering mists.  As a child’s perceptions and memory are apt to do; that image became rooted in my mind as the iconic arboreal heaven.    And strange enough to say, I think I may have found it here in East Tennessee; at least, as close as anything on earth can be.

After a long break in making art, I began painting representational landscapes based on our 1990’s vacations in the Smokies.   I started taking art classes again while chasing career goals and running a medical practice.  When I retired about 5 years ago in the bleak mid-winter of Indiana, I explored abstract painting and still enjoy it very much.

Susan McCollum

But something different is needed to express my appreciation of the wild beauty of East Tennessee; a visual language that speaks to the spirit of this place and allows people to experience it with their own imaginations.   Something short of nailed down camera like realism but yet hinting at reality.

People love this region and they express their appreciation in many ways; by volunteering, hiking and fishing or simply gazing at the beauty around them to name a few.

How do you enjoy the beauty around you?

Thanks for reading,

Susan McCollum

Susan is a participating artist in the Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery and Studio.

Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery and Studios.  7719 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
PO Box 403,  Townsend, TN

Other Art Exhibits

  • September 7: Art and Wine, Cades Cove Cellars, Townsend
  • October 1: The Best of Townsend, Emporium, Gay Street, Knoxville
  • October 4-6: Townsend Visitor Center
  • April 24-25, 2020: 11th Annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
Gallery Hours – Wednesday-Saturday    10:00 – 5:00  Sunday 1:30 – 5:00

 

4 thoughts on ““Green Mansions” by Susan McCollum”

  1. Susan, I loved reading this blog. You are so right about what these mountains do to the human emotions. I love it here as well. I also lived in Indiana for several years, loved it, but nothing compares to what I see living here in Tennessee. I think your green forest painting is soothing to the soul. Keep up the good work. And, thank you for a wonderful time yesterday as you showed me some insight to your world.

    1. Iva Jean,
      Thank you so much! I enjoyed spending time with you and I look forward to future projects and times with you. I am discovering that you are a woman of many talents.

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