Wednesday, March 24, 2010

McKenzie River Trust Living River Exhibit

"Rainbow Magic" will be in the Mckenzie River Trust Exhibit—"The Living River" at Jacobs Gallery in Eugene, OR opening April 2-May 1, 2010. I was excited to see that they used the image on the show postcard!

Trout Catch & Release

"Sweet Release"

soft pastel
20 x 13
30x 23 Framed

I've been wanting to paint this for quite some time. It's referenced from a photo by Tim Pask (with his permission) showing a rainbow trout the moment it is released. There's so much energy in the photo and the colors of the fish are bright turquoise, blue and purple. The water is amazing. I hope I've captured that drama. All along I wanted to paint this very large and so am working on a big acrylic canvas at the same time. It seemed like it would be fun to do one in each medium. I also love the natural abstraction of only seeing the fish's tail...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

OPB Oregon Art Beat segment

Oregon Art Beat

I had the good fortune to be interviewed by KC Cowan from OPB for Oregon Art Beat last spring and the segment aired last week.

It was very strange seeing and hearing myself onscreen, but in the end I felt it was a good portrayal of my work and thoughts about what's important to me about doing art. So, I just feel thankful to have had the opportunity!

To see the segment go to:

Summer on the Lower Deschutes River

Summer on the Deschutes
18 x 24 unframed Soft Pastel

The photo I worked from for this painting was taken last summer by my nephew David James Higdon on a fishing trip to the lower Deschutes river with my husband Tim and son Jackson. I asked him to take some photos showing the warm reflections of the surrounding canyon walls in the water. Tim informed me that the poplars on the right are not indigenous, but were planted near a homestead. There is nothing like the canyons of the Deschutes on a warm summer day...and this brings back that feeling.