Near New Hope, Virginia
Richard Crozier (American, born 1944)
Oil on canvas
Gift of the New Art Collectors
In Crozier’s Near New Hope, Virginia, a road is dug out from the snow covered earth, the sky is an ominous stormy gray and summer’s last leaves still cling to the trees, some already browned from an early first frost. A prominent horizon line is used to delineate the forested hills and picturesque streams from the cloudy skies above. Small, thin, visible brush strokes capture the transient effects of light and color as the sun moves across the sky, dappling the ground with daylight and casting cool, dark shadows that stretch across the earth.