“Shimmering Aspens #2″ 30″ x 40” oil and metal leaf on canvas – $2,900
I am currently having a three-month show at the Elsinore Gallery in Salem, Oregon and participating in the first evolving show in my professional career. I will be adding and replacing paintings throughout July, August and September and attending the first Wednesday openings in the next two months.
This evolving concept has encouraged me to create smaller paintings and new images so that the show is continuously fresh. The present group of paintings is mostly aspen trees, including the painting above, and I will be adding more florals for the August show and autumn-themed work for September.
I just attended the July opening and was happy to learn of the active Salem art community. There are many groups of artists who show and participate in workshops and studio tours.
Two of the other featured artists with the gallery were at the opening and I enjoyed looking at their work and learning about their art. One of the artists is a well-known photographer – Frank Barnett, who has just published an award-winning coffee table book – “Photography in My Bones – Half a Century of Images”. His striking photographs were on display in the gallery as well as his book.
The unique art of Paul Toews fascinated me because the paintings are on slabs of different types of wood. He looks at the grains and burls in the wood and visualizes a forest scene of trees, rocks and animals that is composed around and over them. Those scenes, painted with transparent oils so that the grains show through, are beautiful.
Both artists’ works can be seen on the gallery’s website. Click here http://www.elsinoregallery.com . To see my own page on the Elsinore Gallery website,