January is the new year, and our new artist is here! Born in Northern Ireland, Rodney Dickson moved to New York in 1997. Growing up in Northern Ireland, Dickson witnessed troubled years of civil disorder that engulfed the country. Having drawn and painted since a child, he has reacted to early experiences by considering the futility and hypocrisy of war through art. Dickson’s paintings also show roots with landscape and nature.
“I am a painter, usually making large abstract paintings,” explains Dickson, “but when in the Everglades I aim to take advantage of having the opportunity to be in nature and plan on painting landscapes.”
The ability to work in the Everglades will further Dickson’s understanding of light, space and form. He has little opportunity to work directly in nature since he works in a studio in Brooklyn.
Dickson explains, “I am trying to unearth something essential in life that transcends beyond a painting, Van Gogh did this for example, so it is not an impossible task but I have not found it to be easy. I would rather try and fail than to settle for less.”