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July 5, 2012

Artist infuses science in paintings

Kevin Raines exhibit opens today at Corscaden Barn Gallery

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He’s also worked with the Adirondack Council on the newly established Bob Marshall Wildlands Complex, 410,000 acres in the western corner of the Adirondack Park. He’s creating 40 to 60 oil paintings on sized paper and panel paintings of this tract.

“Essentially what we’re doing is the same kind of thing with pristine wilderness,” he said. “I backpack, kayak or canoe into these areas. I do work on location. Black flies eat me, and I work them into the paintings. My blood and black flies will be in the paintings. Watercolor dries brown, so you don’t have to worry about it. As far as permanency, I’m not sure.”

The paintings will ultimately tour the complex’s gateway communities as well as Saratoga, Albany and New York City.

“They are used as an educational tool. In this series, I’m integrating figures into it. The beauty of the Bob Marshall Wildlands Complex is it’s really a state of the art sustainable stewardship,” he said.

The Adirondack Council seeks input from residents, businesses and scientists.

“My job is to chronicle the wilderness of the existing site and the special ecosystem and also include the people — children, adults, old people — kayaking, canoeing, skiing, fishing, using and blending into the landscape,” Raines said.

Noted Adirondack guide Joe Hackett took him to Slant Rock Camp in the Cranberry Lake area.

“It’s a campsite that Remington loved to camp in,” Raines said. “We’re infusing the history of the area. The whole idea of the paintings is to offer the beauty of the world with a little bit of explanation and bring people in to participate in the stewardship of the land.”

Email Robin Caudell:

rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

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