As spring turns to summer we are dreaming of long, lazy hazy days and soothing sea breezes – once this June Gloom wears off, that is! Step into these abstracted creations by two of our newer artists to experience the feel of this magical time of year with us.
Colorado artist Jane Guthridge delights with her enticing encaustic paintings. Using layers of rice and mulberry papers with her pigmented wax, Jane achieves a look of subtle depth. Ideas of light and shadow play off one another allowing her creations to glow with a life of their own. Nature is Jane’s main inspiration and she aims to evoke the very experience of the natural world in her richly hued pieces. Imagine dappled sunlight through leaves or sparkling across the surface of a pond – perfection!
Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University. She later traveled to Brissago, Switzerland to continue her studies with Swiss graphic designer, Armin Hofmann, and Paul Rand, designer of the IBM and ABC corporate logos. Her work has been included in many national and international exhibitions and is held in permanent collections throughout the US, including the US Department of State.
Drawing on the saturated light and color of her native southern California upbringing, Victoria Ryan‘s pastel abstractions call to mind a dreamscape of mood and feeling. While influenced by the vivid landscapes and abstracted natural elements experienced during her sunny SoCal years, Victoria often turns to her subconscious for inspiration and then returns to her heightened sense of reality felt in her lucid dreams. Her goal is to translate the experience through her pastels. The results are simply stunning!
Victoria studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles before earning her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Cal State Long Beach. She has exhibited in many solo and group shows and is also an experienced drawing and painting instructor.
Experiencing Jane’s and Victoria’s work in person is a must! Come in to Chemers Gallery for the full effect of vibrant colors and intriguing textures.