Beth O'Donnell first came to prominence as a photojournalist with her book focusing on three women in Africa. Angels in Africa met with critical praise and the pictures were beautiful. She has evolved into much more than a documentary photographer. Her other series, the very New York: Reflections, is that, reflections on the side of the buildings images that were blurred with water. In her work Wet Paint began to move ever closer towards painterly. Wet Paint is impressionistic. Now she has dived entirely into painting. Her series Paintings are surreal, with a landscape quality. Not simply landscape genre paintings and not simply color studies. They all focus on a horizon, some undefinable area where the blur O'Donnell seems to have been following finally comes to a conclusion.
Review by John Hutt