The Gallery at The Summit Free Public Library
February 1 – March 31
Joe Cowdrey, Visions of Spring, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36
Change can be one of the most difficult challenges one can face in life. It is not always welcomed or accepted, but it can be of great benefit to one’s existence: change is a crucial part of growth. It is important to always understand that change is necessary; that it enables us to become the people we hope to be, and to accomplish the goals we hope to achieve. These paintings reflect my personal experience with change, and my acceptance of the growth that it brings.
In these works, I set out to capture the beauty of northern New Jersey. To capture the excitement, but also the fear, of being in a new place that is a completely new environment; one absent of friends, relatives, familiarity, and contacts. The idea that change is beneficial to life has kept my head up and my spirits high, and the hope that new, important growth would emerge has been vital to my well-being and my painting.
While looking at these works, I hope you notice the progression, not only of season to season, but of subtle change in style and technique, use of color and lighting. Through viewing these works, I hope to remind the onlooker that in botany, transplanting is sometimes necessary to cultivate a stronger and more vitalized plant, and the same is true with our own lives. It is important to always greet these important changes with courage and positivity. Without change, we cannot grow, and without growth, we cease to exist.
Joe Cowdrey is a self-trained painter who was born and raised in Florida. He recently relocated to northern New Jersey from Tallahassee, where he has spent the last fifteen years. On the rare occasion that he isn’t painting or drawing, he is probably hiking, camping, canoeing, skateboarding, playing music, or secretly painting.