Our July gallery show features pastels and watercolors by Laura Wilson and solarplate intaglio by Barbara Mason. Please note that the artists’ reception will be on Saturday, July 15th from noon to 2 p.m., due to the July 4th holiday.
Laura, a watercolor and pastel artist, will show new work created “en plein air” and in her studio at Sequoia Gallery. Laura’s landscapes capture her travels around the US and Europe. Her work includes ocean, country and city scenes to bring the viewer a fresh take on familiar and exotic locations.
Laura’s desire to pursue fine art took hold suddenly 20 years ago. She actively sought out artists to study and travel with, learning how to work watercolor and pastel while on-the-go. She prefers surfaces rough and toothy — watercolor paper that takes a heavy wash, or sanded museum board for pastel. For “en plein aire” she likes to do an “unrelated prewash” the night before a paint-out; then takes that surface to the location to discover a new way of seeing the landscape. This technique allows Laura to integrate her feelings about light and color with the immediate environment.
Laura retired from Intel June 2016 where she worked for 20 years. Immediately after retiring Laura joined Sequoia Gallery and Studios as an artist and as an Encore Fellow working on organizational development and outreach. Her passion now is to expand the impact of Sequoia’s non-profit visual arts association.
Barbara Mason is an artist/printmaker working in her own printmaking studio in Hillsboro, 17 miles west of Portland, Oregon. A lifelong artist, she began studying printmaking in the early 80’s and was immediately enamored with the medium. Barbara has been making monotypes since the early 80’s and starting about 1999 discovered solar plate intaglio printmaking which changed her life.
Barbara is an arts advocate and active in the community. She has been a resource person for the Beaverton School District since 1976. Serving 8 years on the board of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, she was also a founding board member of Art in the Pearl, an outdoor community arts fair taking place on Labor Day Weekend. She has been on the board of Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Print Arts Northwest, the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, OR and currently President of the Board of the Hillsboro Visual Art Assn and on the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council.
Barbara spends many hours each year as a volunteer teaching printmaking in local schools and at Atelier Meridian. Her enthusiasm for printmaking is translated into wonderful works by students ages 8-80 who thought they couldn’t draw and therefore couldn’t make art. They were mistaken, Barbara is sure anyone can make art and everyone should be doing so.
Barbara’s interest in the solarplate etching process has sent her work in a new direction and the resulting etching multiples are done in editions of 6 or less. This original non objective work seeks to portray the balance in life as well as the choices made by us as humans.