August Featured Artist Show

Jane Vanderzanden captures rodeo and wildlife scenes in acrylic; Leo Brew brings you up close and personal with her oil paintings of cats both large and small.

Jane Vanderzanden

Jane Vanderzanden’s acrylic paintings and scratchboard drawings are a reflection of the things she sees on her outdoor adventures and outside her studio window. Jane’s August show includes a painting from a bighorn sheep viewing trip with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; rodeo action from St. Paul; mountain horse packing; birds close to home; and other nature scenes. Her detailed artwork captures a moment from the outdoors for the viewer to share in the experience.

A native Oregonian, Jane grew up spending most of her time outdoors, where she enjoys honing her artistic talents. Finely detailed for authenticity, her Western and wildlife works depict her firsthand observations camping, hiking, on horse packing trips, and at rodeos. She captures what she sees in her painting compositions. Then she applies many acrylic paint layers to her colorful artwork. The finished result is often described as “having depth” and a “three-dimensional appearance.”

Recently, Jane received a Best of Show Drawing award from the July 4th, 2018, St. Paul Rodeo Wild West Art Show for her scratchboard drawing of a bighorn sheep.

Monarchs of the Divide, Jane Vanderzanden

Leo Brew

The title of Leo’s August show is “The Eye of the Tiger”.  It is not just the title of a song; the eyes of these beautiful creatures captivate Leo and become subjects for her oil paintings. The moment Leo finishes the eyes in a painting, the animal comes to life.  Once she achieves that distinctive gleam in their eyes, Leo feels a rush of accomplishment and feels she has turned another corner in her painting process. Her audience uses their eyes to observe and connect with the soul, spirit and expression of the animal. Her passion expresses itself through each of her paintings. With perseverance and patience, she is able to capture the essence of the rare and beautiful spirit of each animal.

Leo’s devotion to capturing the grandeur of wildlife in her paintings was first nurtured with trips to the zoo as a child with her father. From those formative beginnings, she adopted a passion for painting wildlife with a realistic perspective.

The works in this show are images from the G.G. Conservation Reserve, in South Africa, the Oregon Zoo and San Diego Zoo.  The paintings of the domestic felines are Rita and Saint which belong to Leo’s daughters.

In her communion with wild animals, Leo has long felt their equality with humans. She welcomes you to “The Eye of the Tiger”.

The Eye of the Tiger, Leo Brew

July 2018 Featured Artists Show

Robert Zorko

The world today is uncertain according to Robert. However, his paintings convey a sense of place, where his subjects have a small space of their own that is familiar and safe. There is a quiet peacefulness here, elegant, dignified. Robert uses any number of techniques in his work. This includes using sponges, fingertips, toothbrushes, and his favorite putty knife for edges and just the right angles.


Robert is a self-taught acrylic painter who grew up in Montana among hard working people whose lives were tied to the land. He applies this affinity for those people and their surroundings and memorializes them in his art. He has painted for most of his life and has been exhibiting his work at many art shows and venues for the last ten years. His imagination has taken him all the way from his days in Montana to faraway places like Morocco, Turkey, Alaska, France, and Africa. Now Robert would like to take you there, too!

Yaruba, 8" x 24", Acrylic on canvas

Laura Hopper

Several of the watercolor paintings in Laura’s July show at Sequoia started as wet-into-wet renderings with the artist having no preconceived idea where they might lead. The underpainting with an array of rainbow colors transformed into a “rainbow giraffe” and the ones using her favorite blue hue morphed into paintings of a sea turtle and colorful koi.

Throughout childhood Laura always hoped for and requested new crayons, new coloring books, or anything she could use to make something pretty. Her teachers and parents encouraged her to color or paint within the lines. In 1975, after the birth of her third son, she took her first watercolor class. In that class she was encouraged to “drop” paint onto very wet paper. The excitement of watching the paint do “its own thing” got her started on a road to discovering so many new ways to make a painting happen.

Since retirement from a career teaching in the public schools, Laura has enjoyed painting, selling her art at the outdoor markets, teaching watercolor classes, and doing lots of travel. During the years she was lucky enough to be a wife, mother, and teacher there was often little time (or energy) left for painting, but now she gets to paint as often as she wishes.

"Koi", Laura Hopper