For Bobbie See, painting is a process of discovery. Over the 30 years that she has been painting, See has combined styles and media to produce a body of work that brings the force and beauty of nature alive while also discovering patterns that have their own distinctive presence. Her images capture the textures of the forest—from delicate leaves to rough bark—in sharp detail, but they complement that realism with a focused attention to line and color as elements that have their own independent existence.
Working in oils and acrylics, See is keenly aware of the potential each type of paint provides. “I love the blending of an oil paint, but the forgiveness of an acrylic,” she says. Her recent pieces, done mostly in acrylics, make the most of their clarity of tone and texture to enhance the physical presence of each tree she depicts as well as the precise lines and arcs of her compositions. The resulting works are vivid documents of the world around her as well as striking representations of a more abstract, internal universe.