Drawings and paintings in varying states of completion by Thomas Torak with comments, observations and musings by the artist.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013
View of Rupert Mountain
30 x 36 Oil on Linen
early '90s, when we were still living in New York, Elizabeth and I decided to spend the summer painting
landscapes. After a few unsuccessful attempts to find a suitable place to rent
in upstate NY we ventured into southern VT and found a place near the NY state
border about an hour north of Bennington. It was an old farmhouse at the end of a dirt road,
nestled in a valley with fields gently sloping up on the east and west sides.
It had stopped being a working farm many years ago but the current owner still
leased out the fields to neighboring farmers who used it mainly as a place for
their sheep or cattle to graze or to grow a little extra hay or corn. There was
a field that went up behind the house that became a favorite place for me to
explore. It hadn't been tilled for years and consequently was full of lush
grasses and a dazzling array of wildflowers. If you climbed all the way to the
top you could look out over the valley to the mountains on the far side. It was
always quiet up there, always peaceful, a great place to think, to dream. I did
a lovely little study there that hung in my studio for many years. I was
reluctant to show the piece, reluctant to let anyone else stand on that
hillside. As time passed, however, I gradually became aware that I did indeed
want to share my hilltop. I painted a larger version and sold the study. Now
anyone can stand on my quiet, peaceful hillside, look out over the valley, and
think and dream.....