Joe (Kaz) Kazimierczyk - Landscape Paintings
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Newspaper article published in The Times of Trenton, July 21, 2017

Fine Arts: Bork & Kazimierczyk find inspiration in nature

By Janet Purcell
For The Times of Trenton
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Beatrice Bork and Joe Kazimierczyk (Joe Kaz) enjoy the outdoors and often hike together, he taking in the grandeur of the terrain, she watching for the critters within. An exhibit of paintings that have grown out of those forays is currently running at Artists' Gallery in Lambertville.

Those on display by Kazimierczyk are landscapes and Bork's are birds, two barnyard animals and one small and finely detailed bee. His are oils on board or on canvas. Hers are watercolors and gouache.

"I paint so I can learn more," Bork says. "I've been reading about the plight of bees and I wanted to study all the bee's parts. It's an intricate little thing.

"Bee," showing a Honey Bee, began as a sketch "but I got so into it I just kept going and going," Bork says. The finished painting captures the bee at work in its environment.

In "The Party Crasher," one small bee has captured the attention of seven hummingbirds in flight. All are accurately painted in the fine-detail style Bork is known for but none is static. You feel their agitation as they fly in and circle the bee.

Displayed nearby is a horizontal painting of a lone Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched near the end of one of several dead vines. The background is a wash of muted peach and rose-toned warmth. "I named the painting 'New Dawn' because to me it's like the feeling of a new beginning, making a fresh start," Bork says.

There are two small portraits of farm animals who are poking their heads out of a Bork-painted square "opening." "Baa" is a white fleeced, pink-eared lamb. The other is "Moo," a white-spotted black cow.

When asked her painting process, Bork's immediate reply was, "Watch, watch, watch. I observe and sometimes take photos. Observation and capturing a feeling are key for me."She successfully captured feeling in her portrait of an eagle titled "Resolute." Choosing to render just a portion the bird's face, brow to tip of its beak, she was able to convey its focus, its determination. All you have to do is look at those black-pupiled amber eyes under the lowered brow and you know that bird will soon have its prey in its lethal yellow beak.

And in "Calling For Spring" you sense the heightened sense of anticipation of three Red-winged Blackbirds, one colorful male and two drab females as the male stands on a twig, mouth open in song.

There are no birds, no animals nor humans in Joe Kazimieczyk's paintings, but he, too, successfully portrays feeling in his landscapes. His is a strong sense of peace. His tranquil scenes seem to beckon the woods wanderer to come in and explore, to become part of the color, the contour of the land, the textures, the smells, the sounds.

In "November Woods," an unseen sun causes bare trees to cast their long shadows across the path of fallen gold leaves you are about to embark upon. And in a companion piece, "Stony Lake," which Kazimierczyk says he came upon a short while later that afternoon, you feel that last hour of daylight as it strongly illuminates the trees on an opposite bank, the golden ground and the reflections in the inky dark water. There is a sense of stillness, of peaceful quiet in this painting.

Kazimierczyk describes his process saying his palette has become softer and more muted and he has begun taking a layered approach, building his image gradually. He tones the painting surface with ochre or red oxide before he begins and often allows hints of that underpainting to be seen. And although he enjoys painting plein air, he also enjoys hiking where, because it's difficult to carry paints and canvas, he spends a long time observing. He does not sketch, but takes several pictures of scenes that interest him. Resultant paintings become a blend of elements in the photographs.

He says he referred to three or four of the many pictures he took at NorvinGreen State Forest to complete his painting of the scene that drew him there numerous times. "Although my paintings don't always match the scene exactly, I always try to capture the sense of the place."

He does that successfully time and time again. For example, in "Falls on Sunfish Creek" he offers a view of white water cascading down over rocks and ledges and splashing into a pond of rich burnt sienna that complements the glow of the yellow sky seen behind trees and mounds of undergrowth at the crest of the hillside.

Kazimierczyk's hope is this exhibit will give people a better appreciation for what is right in our area. Bork joins in in agreement and both say they hope their works will help people keep the importance of land preservation in mind.


These are the paintings of mine that are mentioned in the review
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"Stony Lake"
5x7 oil on panel

"November Woods"
6x8 oil on canvas on board

Falls on Sunfish Creek
8x10 oil on linen on board

From Wyanokie Hi Point
12x24 oil on canvas

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