Jeff Ripple is dedicated to a poetic realism in landscape painting. For Jeff, that is the artistic combining of an accurate depiction of a scene infused by his emotional response to the light and atmosphere on that landscape. Jeff says, “Such a painting may or may not be of a precise location or moment in time, but it is always believable and true to place. I think this is in keeping with 19th Century American painter Asher Durand’s idea that painting nature was “fraught with high and holy meaning” and the job of landscape artists is to reveal “the deep meaning of the real creation around and within us.” Such a painting is probably most fully realized in the studio based on studies of light on land forms, atmosphere, clouds and sky in addition to highly detailed drawings of elements in that landscape, such as trees, rocks, and water. The success of the studio painting depends largely upon the value of the field sketches, and those sketches in turn require a deft ability to quickly identify, draw and paint key elements in the scene. As a painter who lives and primarily works in the South, I find myself constantly faced with the conundrum of needing to accurately draw elements of my surroundings while somehow simplifying the scene to include only what is essential to its true nature.”
Jeff’s oil paintings in the field and studio are inspired by intriguing compositions, mood and atmosphere in the landscape. His style involves carefully planned drawings, a reliance on sketches and studies painted in nature to inform studio work, and a treatment of light and atmosphere reminiscent of 19th Century artists working in the uniquely American Hudson River School and Luminist traditions. Evidence of a human presence is often absent or subordinated in Jeff’s landscapes.
Jeff is a self-trained artist who relies on rigorous daily practice in drawing and painting as part of his process. He sketches and paints regularly in nature (en plein air). His field work usually involves applying a lot of paint quickly to attain accurate color, values, and forms while seeking specificity in my scene or subject. Jeff then refines those ideas as time permits with a focus on atmosphere and achieving depth.
Jeff’s work in the studio evolves from graphite composition sketches, field studies (paintings and drawings) and photographs. Studio paintings are generally more contemplative with carefully rendered underpaintings and layers of glazing to achieve a luminous mood and atmosphere.