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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Don Resnick’s ‘Essence of Place’
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Courtesy Hofstra University Museum
Don Resnick’s Marshes, an oil on linen, is among the works on view in Hofstra’s solo exhibit that reflects the artist’s lifelong passion for nature.
“Don was particularly taken with wide open spaces, oceans and colors of light,” said Resnick. “He felt nature needed care and protection to be appreciated and wanted people to see what’s there before it disappeared. He wanted everyone to experience the beauty of the world in its true colors.”
Resnick, who in addition to his career as an artist, also taught English literature and history at South Side High School in Rockville Centre and the Waldorf School in Garden City, always had a pen and paper in his hand, according to his wife. “He sketched wherever we went,” said Jeanette Resnick. Once back in his studio, these sketches would evolvoe into his paintings.
Whether it was a scene that struck him in Hempstead Lake Park or from a stroll along Jones Beach or explorations further east in Sagaponack and Montauk, or those family trips to Maine over 25 years, Resnick found so much express on canvas. “Don liked woods and paths and trees, along with oceans and the coast of Maine,” said Jeanette Resnick. “He saw the beauty of every weather and shades of light. It went deeply into him and he wanted to express it in his work. He saw life everywhere he looked and wanted to share his personal vision.”
Resnick’s work continues to be exhibited by the Odon Wagner Gallery in Toronto, and is held by many museums including the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Heckscher Museum of Art, locally; the Portland Museum of Art, The, Rockland and the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Maine; and the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., as well as in private collections.
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