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…Not Kansas.

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Americans across the country know very well what it’s like to be outmatched and put down by the forces of nature. Man’s conquest of nature has forever been at the core of the ways of men. Epic weather disasters, like our recent acquaintance Sandy, are now frequently occurring realities in our lives, whether we like it or not. In an attempt to grasp the affect of these natural disasters, many people look for cultural relief for these things that we cannot control.

Artist John Brosio follows such a path with his tornado paintings. His work has an impressionist quality to it because of the short brush strokes and the contrasts in color. Beyond the artistic qualities of his work, Brosio’s tornado paintings have a surprising sense of calm about them–the calm before the storm, if you will.

Courtesy of John Brosio.

In many of the paintings featured on his website, the tornado takes a backseat to the countryside imagery that stands in the path of the storm. In a way, it’s like the artist is taking one final moment to observe and reflect on a particular setting before it is destroyed. The moment of reflection captured in these paintings is similar to seeing someone for the last time when you know it is the last time you will see them. It is a moment of recognition, a moment of appreciation, of sadness, and acceptance. Looking at Brosio’s work, you can see how these sentiments just pour out of his paintings. Please check out his website to see for yourself.

“After School”. (Courtesy of John Brosio.)

“Island 2″. (Courtesy of John Brosio.)

“Rides 2″. (Courtesy of John Brosio.)

Courtesy of John Brosio.

About Matia G.

Matia G.
Matia Guardabascio is a proud citizen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in both English and French Literature. As the daughter of a musician and a school teacher, Matia grew up in a musical household with parents who made a concerted effort to instill in her the value and importance of the arts. She is a music enthusiast, an avid reader, a writer of prose and poetry, a traveler, and an enthusiastic imbiber of red wine. The piano is her favorite instrument, followed by the drums, and she loves Impressionist artwork, especially because she doesn't need to wear her glasses to see what's going on. That's right, the glasses are not for show. She wears tri-focals because she reads too much, or as her good friends might say, she actually 80-years-old.

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