The New Work of Donna and Tom Dickson
By Susan Santiago
Galería San Francisco is pleased to present an exhibition of the new work of Donna and Tom Dickson, featuring scenes from San Miguel de Allende as their subject matter. This husband and wife team, highly accomplished painters of San Miguel and Mexico, are also well-known and respected instructors who offer classes and plein air workshops in both San Miguel and Guayabitos, where they now reside seven months of the year.
Donna and Tom Dickson
Until Sun, Oct 11
Galería San Francisco
Number 1 San Francisco, 2nd floor
Tom Dickson’s methods and techniques capture the light and atmosphere of his subjects and patterns that are created with light and shadow. Very often, light is what really attracts a painter— Not so much the subject itself, but what light and shadow do to it. Light defines and explains the subject and literally illuminates it for us. When painting plein air on the spot, the artist realizes how important that light is, and how quickly it can change.
Tom and Donna are acutely aware of this, and their work reflects the knowledge they have acquired from years of painting, both in their studio and outdoors for over 40 years.
Donna, who works both in oil and watercolor, has been teaching classes in these media for over 20 years. Her watercolors, many of them completed in one sitting, are energetic and captivating. With washes of transparent color, Donna is able to capture light and atmosphere, achieving luminous effects that suggest immediacy and freshness.
The streets of San Miguel and the people who inhabit them inspire the paintings that are currently on display. Donna’s ability to capture atmosphere, mood, and expression with her colorful compositions and textural brushstrokes is impressive, to say the least.
I recommend that you catch this exhibition, which runs through October 11.