Landscapes Truly From The Earth

“Frozen Moment,” acrylic and clay on canvas, 2015, by Donald Bracken. Photo submitted

If you didn’t already know that Don Bracken paints with dirt — when you see the work you will feel a visceral connection between the painter, the paint and the earth. 

Bracken, a California- born, Berkeley-educated, landscape artist used to paint with acrylics on canvas. Always immersed in the landscape, Bracken was painting in a field on a farm in the Connecticut Valley, when, he says, he was “sick of painting with regular paint,” so he picked up a scoop of earth and mixed it in with the paint beginning this phase of his work. 

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