Chuck Volz, In a Tesuque Arroyo, oil on board, 11 x 14"
Casweck Galleries Chuck Volz Chuck Volz’s paintings are haikus to the American West. His works aren’t minimalist, but essentialist. “I used to be much more literal in my landscapes,” he says, “but out of respect for the strength for the initial impression that compelled me to paint that subject, I’ve gone to more simplified forms.” Volz has painted en plein air for more than 20 years, and he met one of his greatest teachers, California regional painter Ray Strong, on a mountainside. From Strong, he learned about the physics of light and color, two poetic qualities of Volz’s work. The Velarde painter exhibits at Casweck Galleries, where he’s found a similarity between his work and that of the gallery’s signature artist, Western painter Ernest Chiriacka. “So many of his paintings are just suggestions and leave so much to the viewer’s imagination,” he says.−AMB casweckgalleries.com 80
Santa Fean Aug Sept 2014 Digital Edition