Artist: Daniel Ridgway Knight
Commentary by Bethanne Anderson
Associate Professor of Visual Arts
Every once in a while, if you are lucky, you walk through a museum and it’s as though a piece feels like a magnet that forces you to come closer. This painting will not let you pass unnoticed; I could talk about the technique of flawless skin tones and back lighting a landscape any plein aire painter would keep for life without selling. How the figures are proportionally perfect and how my grandmother can understand it without an art education.
But what I love the most is that I am, for a moment, (without the aid of science fiction or special effects) transported from my running around to find parking and daily commitments in the twenty-first century, to a moment of peace. I find myself walking on a French road, passing two friends in conversation with the warm sun about to touch me. For just a second I hear one woman’s soft whispers comforting the other as she reaches out to touch her arm before I pass.