FOURTEEN years ago this month, Long Island native Stacie Jean Albano showed her first exhibition at Gallery Espresso, "An Askew View."
Her landscape paintings were a big hit—she quickly became a favorite artist in Savannah and took her art all along the East Coast, all without forgetting her home gallery, where she went on to host several more solo exhibitions.
“14 Years of An Askew View,” opening this week, celebrates Albano’s anniversary of her relationship with Gallery Espresso. The show, featuring Albano’s recent work, will be on display throughout the month of May.
Albano’s oil paintings stand out for their bright coloring and the thick stippling technique she uses. That combination brings a dynamic quality to the painting, creating a fresh take to landscapes that many of us take for granted.
May is a big month for Albano—she’s also the featured artist of the month for the Arts Resource Collective of Savannah.
We spoke with Albano last week.
As a New Yorker, what attracted you to SCAD and Savannah?
As a New Yorker, my first visit to Savannah was to visit the school, SCAD, as a potential college I might attend. Prior to that, I had never been any further south than Virginia Beach. I was immediately drawn to the landscape–so different from where I had come from.
But, the reason I decide to stay was definitely because of the people I had met. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a lot of amazing people here.
What are some your favorite landscapes to paint? What’s your inspiration?
My original inspiration came from the beaches of Long Island, specifically, the Long Island sound. Most of my childhood weekends were spent out east in Orient Point visiting my grandparents. It’s a landscape that I could not sum up in a few sentences.
My parents have the house now and I take my boys for a month-long visit every summer. No video games, no Internet, and barely any phone reception. Instead, there are walks in the woods, building elaborate forts on the beach and everything else children used to do outside before technology took over.
As a painter, how have you evolved over the years?
The evolution of my paintings is constantly changing, which means I’m learning new things all the time. They are constantly setting a challenge for me. One thing that has been consistent is the underpainting that is applied first. Vivid colors that peek through the final coat on every piece.
How do the landscapes you paint differ, and how are they the same?
My landscapes come from all the different places that I’ve been lucky enough to visit. They’re all beautiful and at the same time, very different. Light, shadow, the time of day—it all plays a role. The warm and humid air of the South has more of a sultry pallet, whereas many of my Long Island paintings have a much cooler colored pallet.