Shawn Demarest is an oil painter focusing on the Northern New Mexico landscapeMessage
Begun July 4, 2018. Also called 'Disaster Restoration'. This series was a response to the election of Donald Trump and my thoughts about being American. I recalled being a kid in 1976 living in Colorado. It was the state's centennial and the country's bicentennial. A big deal. I recall feeling good about being American - and having a sense of nationwide community. This series began as a kind of accident when I decided to paint over an old painting of Division Street with a business titled "Disaster Restoration". I painted Bachelor Buttons from the garden - and the deep blue reminded me of the American flag and I ran with it. Later paintings explore mixing starts and stripes with plant and city imagery. Also I found myself painting in dichotomies of palettes; natural earth tones vs. primary.