Her exhibition, titled “Resolution,” explores the way the natural world has repaired itself after tragedy. The past year in Santa Barbara County has been filled with various natural disasters: all from an intense drought, to raging wildfires, to a devastating mudslide. Abbott channels this in her exhibition, with paintings that include smoke-diffused light reflected on the ocean, ash-covered hills, moisture-filled clouds and alluvial plains.
Although in the midst of Mother Nature’s wrath, Abbott’s work portrays trees that stand strong, fields that are fallow and ready to be sown, and an ocean that continues to cleanse and renew itself—all are resolutions to the adversity and a snapshot of nature’s beautiful resilience.
Whitney Brooks Abbott hails from a family legacy of local artists and ranchers. She spent her early years drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings on her family’s avocado and lemon ranch. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelors in Fine Art, and completed a fellowship at Yale School of Art in Norfolk, CT. She currently lives and paints in Carpinteria.
The grand opening is on 1st Thursday, March 1 from 5-8 p.m.