EVENTS GONE BY
December 1, 2013 thru January 15, 2014
Philomath Open Studios
October 25-26 and November 1-2
Noon to 5pm
with Rhoda Fleischman, FlashPoint Pottery
Speaking of Pastels
Corvallis Art Guild Presentation
Oregon Art Supply
Demo during Art Walk First Friday
October 3, 2014
1020 Pearl Street
Pastel Society of Oregon Biannual International
Juried Show, Emerald Art Center,
Homage to NW Landscapes
Watershed Gallery, Eugene OR
August 12 thru September 20, 2014
12th Annual All Around Oregon Show
Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
May 29-July 5, 2014
Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
Corinne Woodman Gallery with Joey Azul
June 10-July 12, 2014
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Memorial Union Concourse Gallery
July 23-August 29, 2014
Reflections of Oregon: Landscapes by Laurel
Buchanan, Anita Cook, Katy Grant Hanson, Jana Johnson and Kate McGee
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I belong to Purely Pastel Artists, a group of like minded dust makers in the lower Willamette Valley.
Click here for the Purely Pastel Artists website.
Two pieces are juried selections in the WATER show at the
Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg
March 20 through May 1, 2015
Timberhill Athletic Club
with Watercolorist Marjorie Kinch
Courtesy of Corvallis Art Guild
Lumos Vineyards over Memorial Day Weekend!
Students from the Jam Journalism class at the University of Oregon filmed an interview with me last term. Bryan Cargill, Fahmo Mohammed, and Stephanie Lambirth made the experience a comfortable delight. Here is the video they made. There is also an article on the Register Guard's blog. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to get Stephanie's article on my website.
VIVID PASTELS by AWARD WINING ARTIST
My pastel landscapes are of real and imagined places. Each painting is an experiment to express an idea about place and atmosphere. They are painted pretty quickly, over a day or two, and many do not succeed. I am not patient but I am persistent.
I go back to the same places to paint over and over again to record the weather, the quality of light, the reflection of water, the growth of grasses; all the changes in a place over time. Familiarity breeds understanding and a focused sense of the place so that I can express its fundamental nature simply.
I also paint from memory, reentering places I have visited in the past. These imaginings are strong images distilled as designs as well as places. I often work over old, failed, pieces that peek through, influencing the new layers of pastel, a bit of a surprise. The sanded paper and fixative spray allow for layer upon layer of pastel, glazes of color that aren't muddy. The large blocky pastels I use don't lend themselves to fine detail.
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.
When I turned 50, my children grown, I decided to put in my 10,000 hours to master pastel painting. Now, some (many) years later, I've participated in juried shows, solo shows and group shows and have even been published in a national art magazine. I quit my day job and became a full time artist when I fell in love and moved to the King's Valley area in the Coast Range of Oregon, near Corvallis.