A dreamlike feel courses through "Affairs of the Heart," featuring the comprehensive oeuvre of Kathleen Kreuzberger at Brush & Palette. This total aesthetic sense is because of the forms she works in, including landscapes, still lifes and portraiture. The dreaminess is due to the overall composition she imparts with her brush. There is nothing sharp or harsh here, but instead work that is almost languid, and implicit of where art springs from the subconscious mind. In this regard, Kreuzberger is different from any other artist whose work I've experienced.At once economic and panoramic besides the other world lines of the work makes "Autumn Field in Shenandoah" a winner. This wide screen landscape is marked by all manner of surprising imagery. Marking the tight foreground is just the little patch of tall grass in the lower left-hand corner. This vegetation is almost hallucinatory. On doesn't know where it leads on down the hill or where it is beyond the painting's parameters. Another excellent touch is the tiny buildings in the far distance. These are depicted by just a couple brushstrokes that ground the center, even though they are on the right side of the painting.
Taking a turn to the still life is the matter-of-factly titled, "Turk's Cap," which is a variety of squash. Marked by the artist's spare economy, this holds the features of a landscape, with the three items depicted far enough apart to be landmarks with many miles separating each, though the painting is anchored by the squash's heightened presence. Off to the side is a pear-like vegetable that I take to be an onion while holding the space between both but downstage is what looks like a very small potato. But the squash is the most amazing creation here in one singular regard. It has been painted in a variety of dark shades that brings to mind stained glass, a very strange bit of business indeed.
"Flurry" is another landscape and couldn't be more different from the other one. This is a compact winter scene in which the titular flurry is more of a haze, thus softening the outlines of every element. Hugging both sides of the painting are a clump of trees somewhat in the distance on the work's left-hand side, while a more pronounced single tree is closer on the right-hand side. A nice touch is an area illuminated by an unseen full moon, just like the people inside the isolated house here, with one window lit up bright by a roaring fire inside.
On the floral still life side of things is the poetic "Daffodils." Once more, there is nothing sharply outlined or outright angular here, instead everything is soft and hence more inviting. The other cool thing about this painting is that it depicts only the top half of a vase, right up front and center, while yellow daffodils cascade up and out in a maelstrom, each trumpet-like blossom pointing in a different direction. The pale yellow background matches the overall aesthetic here, while light glints off the vase in a subdued sparkle. There are also pale purple highlights running through the painting like streamers of dissipating smoke.
"Affairs of the Heart" is a real treat for the eye, and one finds that these paintings are all akin to one another, yet oh so different too.