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Brad Goldman and Joe Caulfield are exhibiting their artwork through August at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. The Community House is currently open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday The exhibit is also available as a virtual show on the website 24-hours-a-day at www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net.
Goldman is a passionate multimedia artist based on Sanibel Island who has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe. He utilizes a multitude of styles and media to create works that skirt the boundaries between representation and pure abstraction. Exploring color, form, gesture and properties of the various media represent great importance in his creative process and are evident in his finished pieces. His extensive travels to other locales and cultures inspire this artist to create works in a variety of genres. Goldman constantly experiments with techniques and materials to embellish his works.
“I like to mix mediums in many of my works,” said Goldman. “My previous exhibits have included works in metal sculpture, stone sculpture, ceramic sculpture, photography, paintings, custom books, stained glass and combinations of these various mediums.”
Goldman has recently been focusing primarily on stone sculpture. “This medium is very challenging in that you start with a large mass of rock and delve into the various layers, colors and textures within the stone,” he said. “These then drive the design going forward. There are no do-overs with this material.”
Caulfield started painting as a form of stress relief. After 27 years as a law enforcement professional in the Chicago area, he and his wife arrived in Southwest Florida in 1999. Living initially on Pine Island, Caulfield took a beginning watercolor class and gained the confidence to tackle this challenging medium.
“I have tested other mediums,” he said, “but watercolor is my passion.” There were a few relocations up north before Caulfield settled full-time in Fort Myers in 2017. He continued painting with studio groups wherever he lived. He found challenges, motivation and inspiration.”
“In Chicago, David R. Becker expanded my work by using a technique that applied color on color, without fear of ruination. Becker called it ‘floating your pigment,’ meaning wet on wet,” said Caulfield.
Joining the Sanibel-Captiva Art League has given Caulfield the opportunity to paint plein air with other artists at different island locations. He enjoys painting watercolors of nature, landscapes and other outdoor scenes. Through the Art League, he also became active with the plein air group at Shell Point.
“Painting outdoors gives me a chance to interact with other painters and meet interesting people,” said Caulfield. “Art has been a constant learning process and a never-ending search for perfection. I hope that my work offers the viewer a sense of calm and perhaps a return of fond memories.”
For more information, go to sancapart.org