Mary Childs Gallery & Projects

John Folchi


The depiction of a particular place or scene is not of interest to me in working in the genre of landscape painting. Formal Concerns take priority. Abstract patterns formed by foliage, directional movement around the picture plane created by tree trunks and branches, and the contrasting of light and dark areas in  a design contained within a rectangle are examples of my formal interests.

Along with these formal issues is the desire to convey physical sensations that the subject contains, such as the warmth of sunlight, the movement of air or water, or the coolness of shade. The resolution of the problem of translating the complex visual phenomena of moving foliage in sunlight and shade was through a long discovery process using my personal handling of paint and use of brushwork.