ith one stroke of her pen, Carolyn Hutchings Edlund destroys
international impressions of the title "New York": neon lights, bustling crowds and towering
skyscrapers. There's nothing taller in Edlund's "New York Moment" — easily the most beautiful
work in the exhibit — than a loose-constructed tree slightly off-center canvas. Flanked by seven
smaller companions, the tree rises from a hayfield dotted with bales of hay, and backed by a
magnificent skyscape. The pale hayfield foreground; the eye-stopping solitary tree looming
mid-ground; the celadon blue sky sliced by moving cloud diagonals all give the painting depth.
But more overpowering than the artist's shapes and composition; more beautiful than the
reflection of sunlight on the field or on the lip of an individual leaf, is the remarkable
green of the trees. One thinks immediately of the paintings of John Constable, one of England's
two greatest landscape painters. A master artist known internationally and collected in Canada,
England, Germany, France, Italy, and the United States, Edlund is represented by galleries in
both the United States and the United Kingdom. She has been published in "American Artist" and
featured in the U.K. magazine "Island Living."