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"A landscape painting is an abstraction: it is simply colored pigment arranged in a pleasing design on paper. Great Basin landscapes seemed daunting to me, when I first moved to Nevada, because there is no “there” there. That is to say, the artist has very little to design with: no palm trees, no VW bugs, no crowds of people, no tall buildings to help fill the space. There is one hard horizontal land-line in the middle of the scene. Above this line are distant mountains, and sky. In the foreground, below this line, are a few dry bushes, and perhaps one barbed wire fence. I like this emptiness. I carry this emptiness further, by taking out things that I don’t need, including contrast between warm colors, and cool."

Valerie P. Cohen - Paintings
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