Park Light, 1999
oil on canvas
53" x 62"
The paintings of Dale Haven Loy have been exhibited widely in museums, traveling exhibitions, and public spaces in the United States and abroad. among the venues are the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the United Nations in New York, the American Cultural Center in Madrid, and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., as well as galleries in Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, and Martha's Vineyard.
Dale Haven Loy was born in Los Angeles and began her art training at U.C.L.A. She received her M.F.A. degree from the American University in Washington, D.C., where she currently resides.
In November 1997, I spent two weeks in an apartment overlooking the Campo Santa Margherita in Venice, Italy. Each window of each room was a frame for the two fairly young plane trees planted in the center of the square. Having grown up in Southern California, I had deep and moving memories of that region's version of the plane tree - the sycamores that writhe and rise in lush canyons and alone the older streets of the cities.
Far away, I was coming home, and in my head and open heart, the profoundly rich legacy of the art and architecture of this deservedly cherished Italian City quickened my purpose as a painter, to speak of what is uniquely its own thing, the tree, seen throughout the history of art as metaphor and as life force.