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Pat Proniewski



Oil on archival gessoboard


  • 16 x 20 inches, framed to 22.5 x 26.5 inches
    Beautiful wood plein air frame with gold leaf finish.

“Carrion” received awards in two juried art shows in which it was entered. The barn in the painting was inspired from a trip I took through the Finger Lakes in NY, in search of farmland to be used as references for my paintings. Sadly, there I witnessed the remnants of numerous farms in similar condition. Carrion is part of the “Georgic” series I’ve created. (From the Enclyopedia Britannica: “The Georgics … is a poem by Latin poet Virgil, likely published in 29 BCE.[1] As the name suggests (from the Greek word …geōrgika, i.e., “agricultural (things)” the subject of the poem is agriculture; but far from being an example of peaceful rural poetry, it is a work characterized by tensions in both theme and purpose.)” My interest in landscapes emerged from my commute to and from the high school where I was a teacher in a rural area of New Jersey long known for sprawling family farms. The high school was a magnet school for its agricultural program. It’s no wonder that many of my paintings give witness to my fascination with agricultural forms (buildings and equipment) along with the textures, colors and play of lights and shadows on farmland. My “Georgic” works mark a move away from merely realistic representations farmland. Instead, it hopes to promote inquiry into the many ways we relate to farmland now. The farms I paint are “small” family farms in comparison to those now managed by mega corporations. While some people still work directly with the land of course, most people are oblivious to the machinations of farming and food productions. The family farm is a dying species. For most Americans, farms are most alive in our imaginations, in the stories and images we string together as we construct in our minds an image of our country. This is a complicated story, of course, one without a clear narrative. I mean to call attention to the farm, not just as an observable landscape, but as the ephemeral image that we manipulate in our minds.

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