If you missed Downtown Livingston’s June Artwalk or just want a second look, most of the exhibits will be up through the first three weeks of July. You’ll see a large oil painting of Sheep Mountain by Edd Enders in the window of the Frame Garden on Main Street that’s worth a closer look. Inside the Frame Garden, Enders has an exhibit of 19 original oil paintings. This exhibit of primarily new work includes three large, vibrant paintings of local landscapes, several iconic Livingston scenes – the Teslow and the Murray sign on Park and 2nd Street – several medium tree studies, and ten smaller framed paintings, mostly of cottonwood trees. The small paintings are selling fast so hurry in if you’ve been wanting a smaller, affordable Edd Enders original painting of your own. “I’m very pleased with the show, a lot of Edd’s fans have commented on what an excellent collection of paintings it is,” says Frame Garden owner Laura Bray. “Edd and I grew up together in Livingston and I’m so glad to finally have a show of his work. I’ve long loved his art and am enjoying the way the Frame Garden looks and feels with his strong colors and bold expression.”
Livingston native Enders says, “I consider myself a contemporary western painter. I’m not interested in portraying the West as it’s commonly idealized with pristine landscapes and romanticized wildlife, cowboys and Indians.” When asked about his process and what inspires his paintings he says, “My work is inspired by everything around me. As I travel around the West, I see things compositionally; how shapes and colors interact. When a scene moves me – emotionally or visually – I gather information with a sketch and notes. Back in my studio, I use the sketch as a starting place for my oil paintings and choose colors, often abstract, to convey the mood or meaning I want to evoke.”
“My intended statement is often more ominous than my vivid colors suggest,” he says. “While painting, I focus on composition and fit shapes and colors together like puzzle pieces. A crucial part of my painting process is the time I contemplate the puzzle of my next painting while building, stretching, sizing, and priming canvases.”
When asked about what he wants to convey through his art, Enders says, “I am deeply connected to the western environment where I’ve grown up, worked, and lived. I want to portray human’s inevitable activity and impact on this region. In the bigger picture, I hope that in 100 years people will look at my paintings and learn something about this place and time, as I see it.”
Enders’ art will be up through July 24th at the Frame Garden, 101 South Main Street in Downtown Livingston.