Mutter Dome, 2001
Oil on wood
48 x 24 inches

Influenced by artists Jan Vermeer, Edward Hopper, and Richard Diebenkorn, American artist Cole Carothers gives the viewer a direct passage into the distance of his paintings with the use of a narrow format and the evocative use of light and shadows. He finds landscapes in the city most interesting when enclosed by structures and likes the geometric play of the buildings as planes in the composition. Carothers uses the buildings to frame the light and the landscape. He relies on his drawing skills and the use of photography to lay out his compositions. He places his sketches or photograph under a piece of lucite with a grid and transfers by freehand drawing a reasonable composition on a panel. This freehand approach, rather than using a projected slide, allows him to solve issues of scale, to interpret the scene for shadow, light, and texture, and to open his mind to a more sentient painting experience.” The use of white shellac and a mixture of gloss and matte finish gives his work a shimmering look reminiscent of Vermeer canvases. This same approach is used in his paintings of windows and landscapes from interior views.