Today is one cold, gray, and rainy day, but, no, I won’t let it get me down. Instead I will pay tribute to Anne and Cynthia Packard, a couple of exquisite Cape Cod artists who taught me that sometimes the beauty surrounding us is thrown into even greater relief by a muted gray sky.
Anne Packard is a third generation Provincetown painter. She paints incredible Cape Cod landscapes and seascapes, which showcase the powerful beauty of our own local holy trinity – sky, ocean, beach. Though it’s probably an absurd and wholly individual observation, Anne Packard’s paintings remind me of another of my favorite artists, Mark Rothko – in the way that both tend to play upon variations of three planes of color horizontally applied to the canvas (each color delicately hovering over the other) and both provoke in me feeling of meditative awe and the beauty of solitude.
Cynthia Packard, one of Anne’s daughters and an exceptional (fourth generation Provincetown) painter, is best known for her nudes and still life. Her canvases are full of strong fields of color and visible brushstrokes. I find her work absolutely breathtaking. Her paintings are simultaneously serene and tumultuous – no easy trick. She is currently moving into more mixed media – using lace and fabric with on oil and board – to fantastic results.
Both women’s work can be seen at their beautiful gallery – The Packard Gallery – located in a small renovated Church on Commerical Street in Provincetown’s East End. Please check it out. There is no better way to spend a cold and wet day than visiting the Packard Gallery. These incredible artists that will inspire you to see your world with a keener eye. Who needs sunshine?