This richly textured piece exhibits a subtle use of color and luster to highlight the shimmer and sparkle of light reflected on water. This creates a dimensional watery, multi-layered and airy effect which is spectacularly beautiful. Painting this work, Sussberg was "inspired by the almost magical reflection of light on the water when I take my morning walk" in Charleston, SC (where she lives).
In describing her artistic influences Barbara states "I have been inspired by two artists in particular, JMW Turner who painted in the 19th Century in Great Britain and Gerhard Richter, a contemporary German artist still working in his mid 80's. Both have used palette knives, layering, scratching and removing paint to create visual texture and luminosity".
Barbara Sussberg is a critically acclaimed native Westchester artist whose abstract works evoke a serene sense of the sea and nature with silver and gold undertones. Her intuitive sense of color and her ability to create textural effects from painting with a palette knife combine to achieve oil paintings that seem at once dimensional, watery and multi-layered. As the Washington Post Art Critic recently wrote of her work – “The basic elements could hardly be simpler, yet the result is complex.” Her paintings have been widely exhibited in the South and the Northeast and can be found in private collections throughout the US.