Richard Heller Gallery is presenting Alabama-based artist Ryan Foster's first Los Angeles solo exhibition, Emotional Landscapes, opening February 23rd. The title of the show is derived from the peculiar horizon lines in his paintings that resemble, smiles, frowns, smirks, and other human expressions. The paintings are both landscapes and still-lifes. Foster uses the landscape, which is already ripe with meaning and beauty, as a table top or still-life where significant objects are arranged. Instead of the flower, fruit and vase arrangement typically seen in the still-life genre, the viewer sees a more theatrical and imaginative selection that transcends an ordinary landscape or still-life and becomes something that is harder to categorize.