BRATTLEBORO — Using pops of color, harsh lines and inspiration from around the world, David Brewster brings his style of American Scene Painting artwork to the Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts gallery for the month of March.
“I draw my inspiration from exploring the world around me, especially when I am driving about,” artist David Brewster said. “There is always something, when a tree has fallen and a person with a chainsaw cutting it up, loading massive logs onto a flatbed truck.”
One of the paintings currently hanging at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is “Hood loader and slashers.” The painting was inspired by work done on a bridge on Route 112 in Colrain, Mass., not far from Brewster’s Vermont home. The bridge had debris removed that was left by Tropical Storm Irene and the crew used the logs to shore up the embankments to prevent erosion.
What inspired Brewster to this particular scene was the chaos machinery that humans use to try to bring order to a natural scene. He used tape to try to create the harsh lines of the green trestle bridge to create the diagonal lines. He then used different colors to try to bring to life the work being done on the embankments.