Art In The Valley Gallery
209 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis Oregon 97333
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:30
November 2017 Featured Artist
“A Strong Stand”
Reception 4-8 pm Thurs. 16 November
in conjunction with the Corvallis Art Walk
"A Strong Stand" (18X24)
Trees represent life and death as they cycle through the seasons. They are a universal archetype; uniting the underworld, our world and paradise, they are the axis mundi. I am focusing on their association with renewal, hope and strength—which we could all use right now.
I often paint landscapes plein air in the southern Willamette Valley. They are painted, alla prima, all at once, and many do not succeed. I am not patient but I am persistent. My large blocky pastels don't lend themselves to fine detail which suits me fine. Pastels don't need to dry so color is at my fingertips and on the paper as ideas come to me. I am capturing energy and light, not only trying to make a faithful representation of just what I see.
I have always drawn and painted. Growing up in a busy family with five kids that valued creativity in all the arts, I was the designated visual artist. Later, I chose a landscape architecture career that honed my designer's eye and drawing skills. Those years of creating three dimensional spaces, designing with shadow, sunlight, color and texture, naturally inspired my passion for painting landscapes and flowers.
When I turned 50, my children grown, I have been painting with pastels. Since then, I've participated in many juried shows, solo shows and group shows and have even been published in a national magazine and book. I quit my day job and became a full time artist when I fell in love and moved to the King's Valley area of Oregon.