Blending abstraction with familiar natural elements, Isabel Bigelow creates paintings and prints rich in color and texture. In her work, peacefulness coexists with the hum of nature’s energy. Bright images of trees, horizons, and geometric forms bleed into matte backgrounds, creating an airy yet structured atmosphere. She builds the vibrant surfaces of her paintings through a slow and additive process: painting layers of gesso and oil and burnishing them in between applications. The result is a smoothly finished painting that glows and vibrates with intensely saturated color.
Bigelow grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and now lives and works in upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion from Harvard University (1989) and went on to study painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received her Master of Fine Arts (1998).