Kris Ekstrand: Images From The Estuary

Kris Ekstrand, Nest on a Barn Wall

Kris Ekstrand: Images From The Estuary

Jansen Art Center, Lynden, WA - The Inn at Lynden - To Jun 9

by Matthew Kangas

Climate change has brought renewed interest in landscape painting that references shifting sources of water and their interaction with landmasses, often threatening erosion and decay. Kris Ekstrand, a painter and printmaker working in Edison, Skagit County, explores the tension between the agricultural farmlands of her neighborhood and the endangered tidal flats and shallow sloughs. With muted colors and slashing strokes, she gives new meaning to berry fields, distant horizons and teeming marshes. 

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