This watercolor painting and collage depicts a scenic view of Haleakalā Crater as seen from the start of the Sliding Sands Trail. The collage forms are abstractions from the Silversword plants that the artist sketched at Split Rock, further down the trail. According to the artist,
_____"I was particularly inspired by the dark colors in the crater and in the lava rock
_____near Kīpahulu. The contrast in value between these land forms and the sky atop
_____Haleakalā, or ocean water at Kīpahulu, led me to work with silhouetted collage
_____forms. I also frequently worked with silver iridescent ink and spiky shapes
_____reminiscent of the Silverswords."
Ms. Natalie Westbrook, printmaker, painter and collage artist, is the second artist-in-residence at Haleakala National Park. As part of the program, she was invited to live and work at the park and interpret its resources in her own unique and abstract style.
Natalie Westbrook received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, her MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville, and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. Her recent exhibitions include Interstate Projects in New York, NY, Institute Library in New Haven, CT, Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA, Bushwick Basel 2012 and Vaudeville Park in Brooklyn, NY and Co/Lab at Art Platform in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Westbrook is a lecturer at the Yale School of Art as well as a part-time lecturer at Norwalk Community College and Housatonic Community College.
Watercolor, acrylic, paper. L 10.5, W 14 in.
Last updated: August 11, 2015