Kicking off the spring season at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery is an exhibit that explodes with color and light. The oil paintings of Tom Merwin will be on view there April 3 to June 28, The show title, The Effects of Bird Song on Shifting Strata, was inspired by visionary painter Charles Burchfield, whom Merwin greatly admires. This series of over 18 pieces was created from 2015 to the present.
Merwin states, “Running and hiking woodland trails is a main influence in my painting process of layering memory and landscape. The subconscious plays a big part in my painting technique and expression.” Initially influenced by the Hudson River School, Asian influences, and abstract art, Merwin’s large-scale works are deeply layered with symbolic and intuitive spirit. Merwin incorporates an essence of a natural environment into his paintings to reflect existential issues.
Vermont State Curator David Schutz says, “This exhibit truly celebrates the rites of spring and the passions of summer. Those two elements are perfectly integrated in Tom’s fantastic works!”