If you are like me, art is a passion. You love to visit galleries and studios, You love to see it on your walls. You explore its history, read about the artists of the past, and meet and mingle with those in the present. You are fascinated with what goes into creating art, the inspiration, the process and the materials. And you may even love to create it. Sound familiar?
Photo by Debi Friedlander
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have an “art project” on the kitchen table or on an easel. Whether it was a paint by number set as a child, studying art and design in college, or working as a designer, illustrator, and art instructor the need to express my creative side has been a life long endeavor, and a journey of self discovery.
This journey has taken me to some of the most scenic places on the west coast. And while my husband, an avid angler, chases Rainbows or German Browns you can usually find me on the banks of Oregon rivers with my easel and plein air palette of soft pastels. I am fascinated with patterns of light and the endless color variations found in the rivers, streams and ocean.
It’s so easy to become blind to the incredible loveliness and consequence of ordinary things. My intent in painting is to reacquaint myself and the viewer with nature’s generosity.