The Glimmer of Light: A New Exhibition of Lauren Sansaricq’s Landscape Paintings at Saint Anselm College

The Glimmer of Light: A New Exhibition of Lauren Sansaricq’s Landscape Paintings at Saint Anselm College


September 15, 2012 by Hawthorne Fine Art

 “Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of Lauren Sansaricq’s landscape paintings at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Glimmer of Light: Landscape Paintings by Lauren Sansaricq will run from September 28 to December 6, 2012, and an opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Lauren Sansaricq, Mt. Chocorua, 2012

 The Chapel Art Center has recently featured examples of American landscape painting, as well as local and emerging artists. A native of Columbia County, New York, Lauren Sansaricq (b.1990) trained with Thomas Locker (1937–2012), a celebrated landscape painter and children’s book author/illustrator, in the traditional manner of the Hudson River School. Sansaricq’s work captures a similar sense of wonder experienced by the nineteenth century landscape painters working primarily in New York’s Catskill Mountain region. As Jennifer Krieger explains, “Lauren is a tireless technician who can hone in on the most subtle details of nature within its grandest views. She demonstrates an artistic prowess and commitment to faithful design which is not only rare for her age but also uncommon for the age in which we live.” Like the first generation of Hudson River School painters, Sansaricq has also proven herself to be a true artist-explorer. She has broadened the scope of her work to include locations outside the Hudson Valley, including the White Mountains of New Hampshire and locations in France and Italy.

 In conjunction with this special exhibition, numerous special events have been planned. David Dearinger, Ph.D., Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at The Boston Athenaeum, will present “The Hudson River School: An Introduction” on Thursday, November 8 at 4:00pm. This lecture will provide a scholar’s insight into the significance of America’s first indigenous art movement, offering an important supplement to Ms. Sansaricq’s meditative and technically rigorous paintings.

 Additionally, Fr. MacLellan will be leading a director’s tour of the exhibition at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 20. On Thursday, October 25 at 4:00pm, Ms. Sansaricq will discuss the subject matter and technical practice that ties her work to historic American landscape painting, yet offers a fresh look at our landscape today. Lastly, a special music performance will feature American Romantic compositions performed by acclaimed pianist Alpin Hong on Friday, November 30 at 7:30pm.

 Since the opening of Nature’s Poetry, held at Hawthorne Fine Art last winter, Lauren has completed her training at the Grand Central Academy in NYC. We’re excited for this next step in Lauren’s career and will be producing an exhibition catalogue for The Glimmer of Light illustrating her paintings. A PDF of the Nature’s Poetry catalogue is available on our website.

 For further information about this exhibition and the related special events, please visit”

The Figure In Traditional Landscape Painting

The genesis of landscape painting as an art onto itself initially developed from the great painter, Claude Lorrain. Other artists who helped spear head this new form of classical art were Poussin and Carracci. Landscape painting has always been a part of art, yet mostly before Carracci and Claude , landscape was seen as more of a background for figure painting. As landscape painting progressed within history the size of the figures in the landscape became smaller and eventually vanished. To me the figure in landscape painting is a crucial thing, no matter how large or small. I believe the figure in the landscape helps the viewer to relate to the scene emotionally. It can also be an interesting devise, for example a smaller figure can make the landscape feel more epic.  


“Pastoral Scene in Mountains” 16x20in. oil on panel


“Sunset in The Mountains” 16x24in. oil on panel


 For example in the two paintings above, both depict the same mountains (North Carter and Imp, in NH), but the figure in both of them is used in different ways. The painting on top has more a feeling intimacy, gazing at the view from under the bow of a tree.   Where as in the painting below, the figure is much smaller which gives the mountain and the whole space more a feeling of grandeur.


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Some More of Summers Work ,and an Upcoming Show…

Lauren Sansaricq “North Carter Mountain from Gorham, N.H” 16x24in. oil on panel

Here are some images of painting I have been working on this past summer they range from large studio paintings to smaller outdoor studies.

Lauren Sansaricq , “Scene in the White Mountains, view of Carter Notch and Black Mountain” 28x 36in. oil on canvas
Lauren Sansaricq “Sunrise over the Saco River” 10x14in. oil on panel
Lauren Sansaricq “view in the white mountains” 9x12in. oil on panel
Lauren Sansaricq “New Hampshire’s Coast (near Portsmouth)”oil on panel, 4x10in. oil on panel
Lauren Sansaricq “View from the top of Jackson Falls”, 11×14, oil on panel
Lauren Sansaricq “Pastoral Scene”, 24x36in. oil on canvas

If you would like to see more of my work please consider attending my upcoming show Glimmer of light  at Saint Anselm College . The show is also done in collaboration with Hawthorne Fine Art 
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