Combining the qualities of tonalism with the approach of plein-air painting, Ann Lofquist's landscapes begin with what she describes as "an intense observed experience." Having taught for several years at Bowdoin College in Maine, she became recognized for her New England paintings that combined a contemporary visual awareness with the evocative subtleties of George Inness. Her recent move to Southern California presented an entirely different landscape as well as new light and atmospheric conditions that she has perceived remarkably. Bowdoin art professor Mark Wethli says Lofquist is "one of the few I would describe as having perfect pitch when it come to color, which is unmistakable in the way she captures very fleeting qualities of light." On her recent subject matter, Lofquist notes, "...new tracts abut a dry landscape still teeming with rattlesnakes, coyotes and mountain lions. The juxtaposition of the enduring and the ephemeral is everywhere in evidence in Southern California."