In Red Earth Paula Stark suggests a sense of timelessness and serenity and at the same moment captures an impression of moodiness, distancing the viewer from the scene. Known for landscape paintings in particular on first glance her works appear purely representational, but upon further examination one notices the perfect balance of the piece and the absence of humans in the scene. Rather than depicting an actual scene Stark uses her landscapes to evoke emotion and to establish atmosphere. Stark says about her work, “Landscape painting to me, is a conversation with nature. I approach each landscape with specific ideas both conscious and unconscious.”
Paula Stark was born in Worcester, MA. She received her BFA from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA in painting from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has had one woman shows of her work in New York City, Williamsburg, VA, Greenwich, CT, Asheville, NC, and Montclair, NJ to name a few and her collections are in private and public collections nationwide.
~ Lynne Poirier Wilson