One of the characteristics of Magic Realism in art is that "it has an unsettling quality, remarkable details, sharp focus and some mystery or a secret seems to be hidden within the subject matter". This seems to describe perfectly the amazing work of Michigan artist and self-described crow lover Andrea Kowch.
Her impeccable technique reminds us of the Masters. Her subject matter would have been a rendering of simple life in rural Middle America if it wasn't infused with such madness. I love the moodiness of her country scenes, their symbolism, and I love the wind that just won't quit blowing.
The women in her paintings look like sisters brewing over a recent argument and still trying to get things done around the farm. In my favorite piece called "The Visitors" they manage to get on with pie-baking despite the added chaos of a dozen crows and a ferocious dog.
...and still her women go about their lives as if everything was normal.
Andrea Kowch's fantastical themes are made even more powerful by her controlled, delicate and classically beautiful technique.
Here is Andrea herself:
I was reassured to see that she looks happy, serene, and not at all like the characters in her art.
You can read interesting comments about each one of her pieces on her great blog.