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Exploring Nature's Canvas: Two Artists, Two Journeys

April 29th, 2024
Wide view of the gallery space occupied by the sculptures and paintings by each of the featured artists.

In the heart of the creative realm, where art intersects with the untamed beauty of nature, two renowned artists stand poised to unveil their latest collections, each inspired by their unique journeys through the wilderness.

Bryce Pettit's Tributaries: A Fusion of Adventure and Artistry

For sculptor Bryce Pettit, every twist and turn of his month-long rafting expedition through the Grand Canyon served as a brushstroke in his artistic evolution. Inspired by the grandeur of nature's masterpiece, Pettit has channeled the essence of his odyssey into his latest series, aptly titled "Tributaries."

As he reflects on his transformative journey, Pettit muses, "Every adventure I’ve embarked upon was leading up to this trip." The profound depth of his experience has ignited a newfound reverence for the creatures of the wild, infusing his work with a vibrant energy and an unwavering desire to honor their beauty.

The "Tributaries" series marks a watershed moment in Pettit's artistic journey, revealing an artist who is not only at the peak of his craft but is also pushing boundaries and embracing the joy of exploration. At the heart of the collection lies a central sculpture—a life-sized river otter, affectionately dubbed the mascot of Pettit's Grand Canyon odyssey. This piece perfectly embodies his fresh wave of creativity and experimentation, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the rhythmic flow of nature's rhythms.

Bronze of a river otter in a circular pose on display
Bryce Pettit, Eddy Bronze with patinas, 17"h x 23"w x 7.5"d
Close-up view of several small bronze sculptures of bears in various poses.
Bryce Pettit, Summer School Bronze with patinas, Overall set: 15"h x 54"w x 12"d
Smiling artist, Bryce Pettit, standing behind a wide podium displaying some of his work

View sculptures by Bryce Pettit here

Matthew Sievers' Skybound Reveries: A Symphony of Emotion

Meanwhile, in the studio of acclaimed artist Matthew Sievers, a different kind of journey unfolds—one that traverses the vast expanse of Arizona's skies and finds solace amidst the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Renowned for his captivating portrayals of nature's beauty and emotional depth, Sievers' latest collection is a testament to the transformative power of life's experiences.

Drawing inspiration from the ever-changing hues of the desert sky and the rugged resilience of mountain landscapes, Sievers' paintings serve as windows into the soul, inviting viewers to witness the raw beauty of vulnerability and resilience. Through his masterful use of color and texture, Sievers captures the essence of growth and interconnectedness, with trees emerging as powerful symbols of resilience and renewal.

As he prepares to unveil his latest collection at Blue Rain Gallery, Sievers remains steadfast in his commitment to capturing the fleeting moments of beauty that abound in the natural world. Each brushstroke is infused with a sense of wonder and reverence, inviting viewers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and exploration.

Elevated view of section of the gallery where several patrons appreciate the artists' paintings and sculptures on display.
An impressionist and brightly contrasted view of a southwestern sunset reflected in a calm winding river.
Matthew Sievers, Overflow Oil on wood panel, 48"h x 72"w
Gallery patrons gathered around discussing the art on display
Impressionist painting of a tall tree shading the ground below, with the tallest foliage and mountains in the distance illuminated by the unseen sun
Matthew Sievers, Standing Proud Oil on wood panel, 48"h x 36"w
Gallery floor and one wall showcasing dramatic bronze sculptures of animals and landscape paintings

View paintings by Matthew Sievers here

A Confluence of Creativity

In the convergence of Pettit's expressive bronzes and Sievers' captivating paintings lies a shared reverence for the majesty of nature and the transformative power of artistic expression. Through their respective journeys, these two artists have crafted collections that transcend the confines of the canvas, inviting viewers to embark on a voyage of discovery and wonder. As their works are unveiled to the world, may they serve as reminders of the boundless beauty that awaits those who dare to explore nature's canvas.

Bronze sculpture of a long-necked bird with white-ish contrast patina. Sculpture framed by a dramatic sunset painting displayed on the wall behind.
Bryce Pettit,Equipoise Bronze with patinas on steel base, edition of 35, On base: 57.5"h x 20"w x 18"d, without base: 40"h x 20"w x 10"d
Painting of a mountain valley lake stream reflecting an abstracted cloudy sky
Matthew Sievers, Mist and Light Oil on wood panel, 48"h x 24"w
Pantina bronze, disconnected sculpture of a school of fish
Bryce Pettit, Wishing Well Bronze with patinas, Open Edition, Large cluster: 5.5"h x 15.5"w


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