March 2018 Featured Artist Show

Colorful paintings on the cusp of abstraction unite our March featured artists, acrylic painter Lee Smith and mixed media painter, Pat Krishnamurthy.

Lee Smith

Lee’s current series is titled “Treeline.”  She delivers a variety of intriguing abstract acrylic landscapes featuring stylized trees with evolving shadows that ebb and flow, allowing the viewer to choose their own adventure.  Each piece in the series demands attention with brilliant blocks of color and varied intensity.  Lee’s trademark blue/gold glazed hues are front and center as she plays with texture, size and density in a sometimes stark but always vibrant world.

The artist’s home and studio are located near the foothills of the Coast Range west of Portland. In past lives, she has been a freelance graphic artist, a technical illustrator, an art director and a corporate workaholic, but now works in her studio full-time. Lee utilizes years of irreplaceable hands-on experience to nurture the ongoing refinement of her creative vision.

Pat Krishnamurthy

Pat’s new series of paintings is entitled Saptapadi, a Sanskrit word that translates to The Seven Steps. In a series of seven mixed media paintings, she presents her interpretation of the seven vows made by a Hindu wedding couple as they take seven steps around a sacred fire. Pat took these steps and made these vows over 35 years ago when she married her husband, a native of India.

While creating the series, Pat researched the symbols and imagery associated with Hindu wedding ceremonies. Her working process involves adding and obscuring layers of plaster, paint, brass and wax on wood panels. This produces a layered, textured surface reminiscent of worn fabric, tarnished brass, and burnished surfaces.

The daughter of an artist and art teacher, Pat cannot remember a time when she didn’t draw and paint. Later in life, after a career teaching special education and raising her family, Pat returned to school to pursue a formal study of art, eventually earning a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Painting and Drawing at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Pat has been a member of Sequoia Gallery + Studios for seven years and invites you to visit her at Studio #2.

February 2018 Featured Artists Show

Ellen Jerome

Ellen has been painting local landscapes for many years.  The lushness and forgiveness of oils is her medium of choice.  Traveling in Europe opened her eyes to the beauty in her own backyard.  Ellen has enjoyed many paint outings at Malheur Desert, Baker City and Manzanita, to name a few. Week long plein air painting trips with artist friends inspires her creativity.  Most recently she has painted around Washington County and at the Oregon Coast; subjects she dearly loves.


Ellen has attended many workshops – both local and in other states. These workshops, combined with years of plein air painting, have been instrumental in her growth as an artist. Ellen’s instructors over the years have stated that progression as an artist can only be met by years and years of painting studies. She has sketchbooks full of these studies that she refers to often. Trying out different color combinations: using 3 colors only, using a mother color with all other colors, using only two color combinations, etc. fills her oil sketchbooks.  Ellen says It is an exciting, ongoing learning experience.

Ellen Jerome, Smith Berry Barn Flower Pots
Christine Johnson, Treasures of Lebanon Necklace

Christine Johnson

Lebanon Treasures is the theme of the February show by jewelry artist Christine Johnson.  She will be featuring beads discovered on her recent trip to Beirut Lebanon combined with natural stones found along the Oregon Coast. These treasures will be accented with silver, freshwater pearls and found objects to create unique, one of a kind jewelry.

Whatever the weather presents, Christine loves walking on the Oregon Coast. After collecting her treasures, she puts them into a large tumbler to give them a matte finish.  The stones are drilled under water with a diamond tip drill bit. Then comes the designing and creating process as each piece becomes a one of a kind work of wearable art. Christine says that each stone delivers a message: nothing is too common, too ordinary or too simple not to have a unique purpose. The stones, each significant in their own way, remind her of people and the process of life. Common lives and common stones have value and can be shaped into something beautiful.

Christine is a special education teacher with a message to never give up because there is always hope for each person in every situation.

Evelyn Fritz

Evelyn is a mixed media artist, who, over the years, has worked with many mediums.  Currently, her choice is acrylic/collage and encaustic. She began painting in a traditional style with watercolor and oils which evolved into a contemporary and abstract style. Evelyn has found encaustic to be fascinating and is exploring all its possibilities.  The word encaustic means to burn in, using layers of beeswax fused to the previous layer with a torch or heat gun.  Evelyn says it is compatible with the techniques of her other mediums.

Evelyn has always been interested in art and began painting when her children entered school.  She went on to teaching classes in her studio, at PCC and Clatsop Community College.

Evelyn’s art education included college art classes and workshops with master painters which has given her knowledge of various mediums. She is always experimenting and trying new ways to work with her materials and mediums.

Evelyn Fritz, Windswept