To contemporary realist Allen Blagden, nature isn't just a place to go for a hike on a clear day. Being surrounded by the serenity of forests, lakes, seashores, and open fields is essential to the artist's creative spirit and sense of well-being. Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden, features 160 of the distinguished artist's works and his account of his career, training with his father, and as an art teacher at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. From his earliest days, art informed his life, taking him to the National Serengeti Park in Kenya, to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, to the South of France, England, and Ireland, and to his beloved Adirondacks and Maine. His watercolors, renowned for their color, compositions, and technique, are held in the permanent museum collections across the United States and by countless private collectors.
"My work is always enhanced by my imagination," Blagden said. "I want the freedom to build on what I see in nature, rather than just record it."