Oil on canvas

48” x 42”




I grew up within sight of the Hudson River, and for most of my life have lived on or near it. To me the river is a living body, constantly moving and changing, but always there. I have felt its presence all my life.

As a painter in love with the natural world, I find that the river, and the landscape around it, constantly appears in my work.


It is the essence of it that I am after, so the marks I make are about the light, movement, forms, or color that I have observed and felt, or what I imagine to be hidden beneath it all.

Some of the works are inspired by childhood memories of crossing the river on bridges at night, and the profound mystery and power that held for me as a child.


I call my latest body of work The River Series. I have been developing it in various media for the past three years---and perhaps a lot longer. I hope to convey my emotional response, and my love of the beauty and fragility of this unique part of the world, to the viewer through my work. 

"Pathways of a River Over Time" Arlene Santana Thornton


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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