In plein air, there are thousands of stimuli bombarding me; the constantly changing light, the sounds and animals inhabiting the woods, the briny smells of the distant sea...they all influence the truth I tell. I cast a wide net, collecting more information than I will ever need.
The unedited manuscript is then brought into my studio for a long distillation process. I spend months creating light and space. At some point the painting develops a heartbeat, a life of its own where feelings can exist.
After a long day of painting, the work I do in the studio carries over into my sleeping hours. If there is a painting that was giving me trouble that day, it is resolved through a dream in an abstract, yet clear and simple way. Other times I dream of landscapes yet to be painted. Although I have not seen these views, I seem to find their motifs and emotional qualities as I paint new vistas.
Upon much reflection I've come full circle, combining the time spent en plein air and in the studio with my subconscious. My best paintings fall somewhere between abstraction and reality. I leave out enough information to invite the viewer to enter the scene and have their own interpretation.
Larry Horowitz is an American landscape painter born in 1956 in New York City. He graduated from SUNY Purchase and immediately won the prestigious and coveted position as apprentice to Wolf Kahn. Horowitz currently shows in galleries across the United States and Canada. His work is in many major corporate and private collections. He has been selected to participate in the Arts-In-Embassies program in the United States Embassies in Finland and Russia. Horowitz's work captures the beauty of the American landscape with an expert use of texture and color that invites imagination and discovery. Although he paints en plein air, he has a firm grounding in abstract expressionism through his education with former students from the Bauhaus and Hans Hofmann school. He has combined both points of view to develop his own unique language.