Alexa Guevara on Frank Swift Chase’s Winter In Woodstock

Filed in Collection by on November 13, 2020
Frank Swift Chase (1886-1958) Winter in Woodstock, c.1915 Oil on Canvas 24 x 30 inches Purchase Fund and Gift of William Lanford
“Created by one of the founders of Woodstock Artist Association, this painting serves as a constant reminder of the beauty that surrounds us. Frank Swift Chase is a traditional painter that specialized in landscapes. Something special about his work is the style in which it was created. The sensual handling of paint draws you further into this alluring painting.
I was captivated by this work because of the sense of presence the artist was able to depict and how active the space was. For a snow scene there is something so warm and inviting about it. The artist’s built up layers of snow in the foreground make the imagery feel real and extraordinary. You can see tracks in the snow that refer to a human presence. One can sense how aware Chase must have been while painting to achieve the texture and feeling that he has.”

Alexa Guevara

Alexa has just recently received her BFA in Photography with a minor in Art History from Suny New Paltz. She’s really interested in the tactility of art, photography in particular, and how we perceive touching artwork. Her focus recently has been motivated by the immigration process that she sees through her father. Curiosity has brought her this far and her work continues to grow and change.


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