For an artist to be successful, a bit of wandering is necessary.
There's actual wandering, like the kind Paul Gauguin did on his trips to French Polynesia. And then there's mental wandering, such as Charles Burchfield's fantastical takes on the woods of West Seneca.
Alixandra Martin, a veteran local painter and world traveler whose work is on view through Feb. 25 in Lockport's Kenan Center, wanders in both ways. As a result, her work reflects an unusual range of cultures, classes, landscapes and sensibilities.
"A literal 'restless artist,' she is continually moving and growing, challenging herself to explore new mediums, imagery and methods," according to a bio of Martin from the Kenan Center. "She has a hunger to know 'otherness,' an elemental drive to study people and cultures."
Martin also runs RedFish Art Studios & Gallery in East Aurora, where she is a well-known figure. Her work reflects travels to Brazil, Spain, France and elsewhere. In each place Martin visits, she said, she is "humbled by the history and by the breathtaking beauty."
"The Salt Between: Narratives in Paint": Continues through Feb. 25 in the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Call 433-2617 or visit kenancenter.org.