Some years ago I visited the little mountain town of Boquete, Panama. It's a great place to visit in Panama because with a few exceptions, the rest of the country is hot and humid as you'd expect of a place less than 9 degrees above the equator. Boquete, by contrast, is considerably cooler, with daytime temperatures in the pleasant mid 70sº F year round. Then of course, there are the mountains, lovely in clear weather and mysterious when veiled by wafting mists. Of volcanic origins, now worn and rounded, their blue-green forms ring the small valley where Boquete is situated, with the Caldera River rushing through, while to the northwest sits Volcan Baru, an extinct volcano last known to have erupted about 500 years ago. Immersed in these surroundings, it occurred to me one day that the panoramic views of the mountains and valleys and beyond were a pageant of ever changing images passing in front of me as if on a never ending canvas. “My mountain canvas!” I thought- an endless source of inspiration for painting.
Annette Bartlett-Golden paints a wide range of subjects from landscapes to animals and makes abstract works with paper. Using vibrant colors, she imparts a sense of immediacy, vivacity and optimism to her paintings and paper collages.