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Gertrude Palmer

Gertrude Palmer Fine Art

Bluffton, SC

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One time fashion designer & illustrator Gert, as she signs her paintings, was awarded the In Vivo Design Award for a collection of ethnic ski wear, the first fabricated in natural materials. Yearning for immersion in fine art, she returned to stone litho, studying under Lyle Matouche (master printer for Karl Tobey) and produced political and feminist works from 79 – 83. Even Valentino, Great American Playboy, Not So Mad Housewife, Ecalypso. Her professors at Southern Oregon University in Ashland liked her work well enough to purchase. Here she also began what has become a life long study of the figure, always working from live poses and using natural light.

1970's through 2011 when she had no access to the printing press, she traded in the demands of the litho lab to paint plein air in the Caribbean, Mexico and North America. Again working only from life, she complained “Many landscape artist paint pristine works where every blade of grass is accounted for and in its place. But the landscape is wild and full of movement. Dirt flies, birds disturb and everything is wild!” The demands of working on location include distractions and discomfort, but we are rewarded with paintings that are full of life and story.

1998-2002 at the urging of a friend, she explored abstract impressionism at Chez Moi Studio on Tybee Island. Long an admirer of jazz violinist Stephan Grappelli, she painted a tribute with a silk thread Grappelli I and II, in which she sought to build up an ephemeral form with a very fine line. These works, like her figures and landscapes are approached ala prima and without plan. I trust a natural order to present itself and allow an organic evolution in which I feel I am a participant. Essentially I make elegant forms of these fluid expressions. Produced during this time: Patination, Flamingo, Chakras.

Throughout her forty years of painting, she returns often to the figure, in intuitive watercolor gestures, (a large collection of nudes, which described by illustrator , as world class) and narrative fantasies like Boots and Naked in the Garden Of Eden.

Embracing such broad subject and style is not a digression, the artist explains. I guess I want the whole candy shop. But you see my love of contrast and articulation balanced by the spirit of the thing no matter the category. This imbues all of my work with powerful energy which allows an element of surprise and a manifestation of a spiritual presence. An artist only has a lifetime to tackle an enormous task. The challenge of ever changing perceptions is a consequence of intelligent pursuit. Learning is accelerated when fear of the unknown is overcome. I feel I have a lot to learn.

You can see how my work in abstract expression has effected my traditional watercolor landscapes. The Store, and Pritchard House. These paintings have neon line work that Gert feels are energy lines and animate an otherwise sedate low country scene. I may pick up a scrub brush or garden hose when painting an abstract. Anything is fair game. “My portraits still demand a good likeness. But a likeness alone is a score without the flute.”

 

Fish Camp Cottage by Gertrude Palmer

 

Dancing at the Edge by Gertrude Palmer

 

Sunshine Cottage by Gertrude Palmer

 

St Marks Lighthouse by Gertrude Palmer

 

Cornfield Point Old Saybrook by Gertrude Palmer

 

Palm Cottage by Gertrude Palmer

 

Cornfield Point Old Saybrook by Gertrude Palmer

 

Bolivian Seamstress by Gertrude Palmer

 

Dream Catcher by Gertrude Palmer

 

Claudine's Crepes by Gertrude Palmer

 

Path to Peace by Gertrude Palmer

 

Salute to the Sun by Gertrude Palmer

 

Road to Rainbow Gulch by Gertrude Palmer

 

Bridge at Habersham by Gertrude Palmer

 

Azalea by Gertrude Palmer

 

Rainbow Nude by Gertrude Palmer

 

Las Animas by Gertrude Palmer

 

Purple Rain by Gertrude Palmer

 

Bar Talk by Gertrude Palmer

 

Safe Haven by Gertrude Palmer

 

Palapas by Gertrude Palmer

 

Morning Marsh by Gertrude Palmer

 

Ladies of the Garden by Gertrude Palmer

 

De Soto by Gertrude Palmer

 

Dream Weaver by Gertrude Palmer

 

Gullah Princess by Gertrude Palmer

 

Cafe by Gertrude Palmer

 

Wade in the Water by Gertrude Palmer

 

Chevy Azure by Gertrude Palmer

 

Tybee Lighthouse by Gertrude Palmer

 

Flower Vender by Gertrude Palmer

 

Seasons of Sweetgrass by Gertrude Palmer

 

Gardenia Negra by Gertrude Palmer

 

Sweet Grass by Gertrude Palmer

 

Bre Fox and Bre Crow by Gertrude Palmer

 

Mack the Pit/Dalmatian by Gertrude Palmer

 

Spencer the Pit Bull by Gertrude Palmer

 

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Parker by Gertrude Palmer

 

The Episcopal Ordination of Sierra Wilkinson by Gertrude Palmer

 

Bateau by Gertrude Palmer

 

Habersham Bike Shop by Gertrude Palmer

 

Joan's Gate by Gertrude Palmer

 

Twosome by Gertrude Palmer

 

Man in Red Hat after Vermeer by Gertrude Palmer

 

The Red Store by Gertrude Palmer

 

Calla Azure by Gertrude Palmer

 

Docs Bar Tybee Island by Gertrude Palmer

 

Dashiki by Gertrude Palmer