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