Cow By the Trough
About The Piece
‘Cow By the Trough’ is 18″x 24″ and composed of paint on canvas
ARTIST: Angela Timm
Growing up as a girl in rural Minnesota, one could guess that farming and animals are
a big part of my life. I take reference for my paintings from animals on my parents’ farm while
incorporating an expressionistic style of painting. The animals have correct anatomy for the
most part but yet draw an energy from the colors I see in them. Artists such as Franz Marc,
Picasso, Gauguin, and Matisse inspired my painting style but more so in the intuition rather
than the exact technique. There is no actual pattern to the way these animals were painted,
but it is all in what I see and feel in that moment.
The subjects of my art as a whole show simple, domesticated animals. You can tell they
are friendly and calm by the posture and positioning of each animal as well as by their
expressions. This is important as a Minnesota artist because it shows the culture and lifestyle
that is not found in the hustle and bustle of a bigger city. As for my take on the subject, they
are a nostalgic and reminiscent of my childhood and simpler times in which we all grow out
of. They are like the blanket or teddy bear you don’t want to leave behind.
The piece “Cow by the Trough” in particular is one of the steers my dad is raising. The
trough is a place that the cows all meet to eat and they know that’s where their food will be.
We, like cows, commune and find our source of nutrition in the same place. We are all
creatures of habit and show this by our daily patterns. “Cow by the Trough” also has a
sculptural element created through paper mache. I had been working a bit with sculpture at
the time I decided to paint this and I decided that this could add an intriguing element. It
brings the painting more to life especially, if at first, you see the painting from straight on. The
deceiving part comes when you start to move and realize this animal is literally popping out of
the canvas towards you.
August 29, 2016 3:47 pm