October - November 2016
"Northwest 4" Artists
- MEET THE ARTISTS! New Gallery "Meet the Artists" is Sunday, October 30, 9:30am to 10:30am @ Creative Spirits!
Three years ago, four creative artists decided to get together to discuss ways to market their paintings. Over several months they explored many avenues for expanding their art sales, and decided to invest the time and energy to continue meeting because they all learned so much from each other. They found that making a commitment to complete tasks linked to marketing was easier to fulfill when a meeting was scheduled and truth or confessions would be expected. Each artist has different sets of knowledge, strengths, connections and networks. And each one has areas in which to grow. They have been able to share all of these attributes with each other, which strengthens each of them individually. The most important factor has been the safe environment they have created so they can give honest, valuable critiques. In doing so, each has grown as an artist. The support and encouragement has been invaluable. The NW4 is a great example of a community that has expanded each participant.
My love of art began at an early age with a box of crayons. I fell in love with all the colors in the box. As long as I can remember paintings or ideas have always been mulling around in my head. For me, part of the creative process is the enjoyment of exploring those new ideas.
Most of my work has been using oil along with cold wax. My paintings are usually about nature, in particular Flowers, Crows and Birds. I find myself fascinated by the forms, colors and uniqueness of flowers whether they are living or dried. When dried the petals curl and twist in so many interesting shapes, sometimes forming beautiful abstract patterns, it’s almost as if they have danced into their new form.
Birds fascinate me, especially crows with their funny, smart and curious personalities. I photograph the birds that come to our bird feeders and look for a photo that captures the more whimsical side of the of the birds. I enjoy the challenge of painting their personalities and antics from my photographs; and hope my paintings resonate that feeling to the viewer.
Another side to my creativity is the challenge of creating Collages and Assemblages. I was a picture framer for many years and when I work on an assemblage it often takes me back to those years when I had to put a customer’s memorabilia into some sort of neat order and balance. Working on a collage allows me to be much freer and more expressive with ideas.
My paintings have won a number of local awards and are in many private collections.
My art can be viewed at: jackiemcintyre.com
I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graphite Botanical Artist
Mary McCarty, creates graphite botanical drawings with color accents. Her work is distinctive and easily recognized. Like most artists, Mary has loved art all her life. Mary's career didn’t really start until she was 40, when she was hired by two ceramic companies. This gave her the opportunity to write articles for magazines, publish a book and demonstrate techniques in front of large groups. She acquired additional skills, including meeting multiple deadlines, some as far as a year ahead and public speaking skills through teaching and meeting thousands of people at company Trade Shows.
During this time Mary realized her main interest involved drawing and painting. As a sculptor she also taught clay flower making and her interest in detailed botanical construction connected with drawing. Mary became intrigued with the smaller details of plant life in all its’ stages. Her work is realistic but Mary interprets what she feels is unique in the subject, striving to capture the details and qualities that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Mary is a member of Oregon Society of Artists, Oregon Woman’s Caucus of America, and North Clackamas Art Guild serving as volunteer and holding several offices. She has been juried into many Art Shows, several galleries and will be published in “Strokes of Genius” 2014. She also enjoys the pleasure of filling commission requests. Her work is in private collections in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Wendy’s work has won awards in numerous exhibits and can be found in collections in the US and Canada. She has studied pastel painting extensively with Marla Baggetta, Richard McKinley, Susan Ogilvie, Maggie Price, Clark Mitchell, Elizabeth Mowry, and Kitty Wallis. She is a member of the Pastel Society of Oregon and Oregon Society of Artists and Brush and Palette. For many years she worked with Marla Baggetta as her workshop coordinator and has been most grateful for her mentoring, encouragement, and constructive criticism. More recently she has studied with Jennifer Diehl, working in oils.
A Canadian by birth, Wendy has lived in San Francisco and Seattle prior to settling in the Portland area. She served on various committees for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts the North Clackamas Arts Guild, and has participated in many area art shows. She studies or paints most days and while pastels are her favored medium she also enjoys working in oils.
Art making is my personal conversation between me and the viewer. Since I paint primarily landscapes, I am telling a story which is usually focused on light and mood. The Northwest is a plum for landscape painters with the fabulous diversity of mountains, sea and high desert prairie. I enjoy plein air painting as the weather permits but at the very least I do sketches and notations in the field and take several photographs for reference. Studio painting is pretty much a given during the winter months and that is my time to snuggle in to experiment and play, review my field notes and photos, and remember the day and how it felt to be in that special place.
Please visit my website at www.wendydehart.com
Capturing the mood and atmosphere of the moment is what inspires Kathy Johnson to put paint brush to canvas. For plein air painting, oil paints have the depth of color and translucency to achieve the effects she desires, at other times Johnson might turn to watercolors or pastels. The ultimate goal is to share those special moments when sunlight and shadows illuminate an ordinary scene and create the extraordinary.