There is something magical about light falling on water. I find inspiration in the photographs I take of undulating reflections of plants, sky and sunlight in a river or pond but it is not enough. I am looking for a deeper level of meaning. Pondering accidental shapes and plays of color, my mind conjures up memories and comes up with it’s own unique interpretations. As I play with the different elements of the painting it evolves into something unexpected. I want these paintings to be a catalyst for the viewer’s own personal imaginary journeys.
I paint just about every day. Each morning I sit with my cup of coffee looking at what was done the day before and wait for inspiration. Sometimes it comes easily, it is obvious that one area is all wrong and needs to be fixed. Other times I put the painting aside for a few days until it dawns on me how I can make it better. It is hard to say when it is finished because I may see something in the future that it needs but this one, Flowers as Laughter,... I think it is complete.
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2020 Dec-Feb "Shimmer & Lace" The Art of Candace Knapp, MOAS Museum, Daytona Beach Fl
2019 Group show, “Creatives Exchange: Fractured Spaces”, HCC Ybor City Arts Gallery
2018 One person painting show, “Luminous Passages”, TECO Public Art Gallery, Tampa,
2018 Group show, “Seeing Now”, HCC Ybor City Arts Gallery, Tampa, FL
2018 One Person Show, Center Place Fine Arts, Brandon FL
2018 Two Person show, Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
2017 Group show, “Creatives Exchange”, HCC Ybor City Arts Gallery, Tampa, FL
2017 Three Person show, Museum of Florida Art and Culture, Avon Park, FL
2016 One Person Show, “A Gathering of Imaginary Friends” Art Center Manatee, Bradenton FL
2016 Studio@620, BRAVA Collectives group exhibition, St Petersburg, FL
2016 Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL, (Three Water Reflection paintings)
1974 Master of Fine Arts Degree, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, Academic Fellowship
1971 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
1971 Awarded “Helen Green Perry Traveling Scholarship” and traveled through Europe and West Africa (across the Sahara) looking at art and people.
1969 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. Summer, Full Scholarship.