Across the frozen fields of central Indiana, snow and ice have obscured most of the hills, streams and other features that might catch an artist’s eye.
But for painter Audrey Fiet, some of her best work is done in the winter.
Growing up in Wisconsin, she remembers deep winters where the entire landscape was covered in crystalline ice. The way the light reflected off of everything captured her imagination, and that has stuck with her.
“I don’t love the cold, but I appreciate the beauty of the snow,” she said.
Vistas from all seasons will be on display as Fiet and other Southside Art League painters present the Midwestern Landscapes Exhibit, opening Friday.
The exhibit will coincide with a showcase of the photography of Southport resident Gary Moore, with images taken from his book, “Brown County Mornings.”
A reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The Southside Art League gallery, 299 E. Broadway, is otherwise open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
What drew you towards landscapes in the first place?
I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. We had a woods across the street from my house, and I grew up really loving nature.
Growing up in the country, I could see vistas. That experience has stuck with me.
Along with landscapes, I enjoy seascapes. A lot of my paintings might have a river or a pond.
What is your favorite location to paint?
I don’t have a specific thing. But there’s a lot of beauty in Wisconsin and a lot of beauty in Minnesota.
What is your process of painting?
I take a camera with me everywhere I go. I’m not a big outdoor painter.
I like to experience it, but I like to paint in my studio or the Southside Art League.
I like to take a photo, so I can feel what I felt in that scene.
Reminiscing, so it’s more than just looking at a picture.
How do you decide what is a good scene?
If I feel that something strikes me, that’s when I take the picture. I don’t just take whatever.
If the sun is shining, or there are shadows, if it makes me feel something, then I take it.
What drew you toward painting?
I didn’t get into painting seriously until after I retired. Before then, I had a full-time job, and painting was a kind of release.
All I knew was that I enjoyed it. Once I retired, I took lessons and it became a passion for me. Something about being able to create something.
What kinds of projects are you working on now?
The other thing is original art is expensive. Not everyone can afford it. I feel that God has given me this ability to paint, and I want to use it to give glory to God.
I’m planning a series of paintings that are spiritually motivated, using nature. It’s amazing how much in the Bible is through nature. Right now, I’m in the process of doing a series that I hope to put with commentary.
I’m headed in a whole interesting direction now. I feel like I’m on the right track.