Working with layers of color and the interplay of pigments, Thurston's current focus is on three-dimensional color fields, similar to the creative effects of lenticular design. The paintings in this exhibit are part of a more comprehensive series titled Contemplative Color Field Paintings, which were inspired by the dynamic movement of the hues amongst the grass, sky, and clouds, which she noticed one day while tending her bees.
The first ever piece Thurston created in this style was fashioned by repurposing old bars from a salvaged bee hive, a type of hive known as a "top bar hive" as a nod to her love of beekeeping and she began to experiment with capturing the sense of movement of color that she witnessed in nature. Her paintings are now constructed with wooden bars crafted by a local furniture maker. Painted with oils, acrylics, and encaustics — achieving a harmonic range of colors — the bars are then placed to inspire the colors to dance and shift as the viewer walks by each piece.
Thurston says the following about her work:
"Color and movement TOGETHER... my paintings are a way to recreate this joy, to share it and provide an opportunity for others to explore this same wonder. Color movement can be discovered in so many placesI've found it in lichen on rocks on 14,000 foot mountains in the Rockies, in the curving red sandstone landscapes in the Southwest, and in bright green transmission fluid dripping onto the floor in my mechanic's shop."
The artist welcomes you to engage and interact with her paintings, and explore the beauty of the changing color and light within them.