Painted over the last twenty years, these watercolors are drawn from Frederick Law Olmsted’s parks and reflect the natural and manmade elements of the landscape that Olmsted created over 150 years ago with his colleagues: John C. Olmsted, H.H. Richardson, and Richardson’s successors, Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge. This collaboration was instrumental in realizing his far-reaching vision for the parks.
Olmsted’s parks are a remarkable orchestration of organic forms in harmony with built structures. The design of the landscape is highlighted by contrasts of earth and water, light and dark, movement and repose. One’s eye is drawn to the sinuous forms, reflections in water and arrays of color at the interface of the natural and manmade. These watercolors were inspired by these splendid parks, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to show them at the Shattuck Visitor Center.
Thomas Loring, April 2016