Landscaping background helps artist's work

Perry does not sketch a landscape before he paints it as most artists do. He focuses at first on shapes and then, for him, the painting takes on a life of its own and creates itself, he said.

An avid hiker, Perry is a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack 46ers. One of his pictures in the gallery is a depiction of an Adirondack lean-to located on the trail to Mt. Marshall in Newcomb, providing shelter for Newcomb area hikers and climbers.

This painting depicts wintertime shadows, a theme also reflected in his painting Frozen Stream, which has an impressionistic approach, Perry said.

"I tried to use color to make a flat surface look real," he said, adding that all are welcome to visit his gallery and see works representing many other artists.

Sweet Pea Farm and Art Gallery on Federal Hill Road in Bolton Landing is open Thursday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. The North Country Art Gallery on Main Street in Chestertown is open Thursday through Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year it will likely be open through December.

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