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Resonance | by Pamela Quataert

Mezzanine Gallery

Rhythm and harmony in Nature. The works are based on harmonious scenes the artist sees every day in rural Yamhill County.  A few are recognizable; most are abstracted. All explore colors and shapes that vibrate or “sing” with each other and resonate within her.

From the Artist

Why do I paint?  Because it’s satisfying, exciting, challenging, rewarding. Satisfying to turn a blank, two-dimensional surface into dynamic, energetic art. Exciting to record images as they emerge with lush colors. Challenging to relate images to each other. Rewarding to activate and involve viewers’ imaginations when they look at the work.

What and how do I paint?  I often paint series from the natural world. These are simplified to capture and express a subject’s vitality. Multiple layers of paint are added and subtracted with various tools to communicate energy and depth. Triptychs often unfold to demonstrate stages, rhythms and connections much like the seasonal changes of a landscape.

What and who has influenced my work?  My background as a Mental Health Therapist has impacted my work. It partly explains my desire to express impressions in paint and use harmonious colors that uplift and energize. Paul Cezanne, Georges Braque, David Park and Abstract Impressionists, especially Willem de Kooning have influenced my work.

Artist Reception on June 1, 5-9pm
Q & A with the artist at 6pm during the reception

Image: "Red Fellows" acrylic on wood panel