Event: February Featured Artist Show
Date: First Tuesday Art Walk, February 5 – March 2, 5 to 8pm
Location: Sequoia Gallery + Studios; 136 SE Third Ave., Hillsboro, Oregon (503-693-0401)
Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tue. – Sat.
Contact: www.sequoiagallerystudios.org, (503) 693-0401
Our February show will feature the impressionist oil paintings of new member Karen Doyle, tumbled stone jewelry by Christine Johnson and encaustic paintings by Elina Zebergs.
Plein Air oil painter Karen Doyle paints luminous, impressionist landscapes of Oregon and places she visits. Transitioning from brush to palette knife as her composition unfolds, Karen builds up buttery, thick impasto layers. Karen’s landscapes reflect the intense feelings she gets from observing ordinary, everyday beauty. This winter, she has been fascinated with trees, resulting in a new body of work.
Karen‘s award winning art exudes the colorful light of the California Bay Area where she grew up and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, which has been her home for over 25 years. Karen began formal art instruction in oils and pastels at age 13. After moving to Oregon in 1991, she earned a Certificate in Fine Art from PNCA. She currently nurtures two careers: Software Engineering Manager at Nike, and Fine Artist. She is an Associate Member of the American Impressionist Society and joined Sequoia Gallery + Studios in October 2018. She balances her work at Nike and her fine art career with raising two children and two dogs along with her supportive husband Sean.
Christine has always loved picking up treasures along the Oregon Coast. Usually the treasures are small, flat, black stones found lying in the sand. The next step is putting 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 stone becomes a one of a kind piece of wearable art.
Each stone delivers a message, that nothing is too common, too ordinary or too simple 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, given value as they are shaped into something beautiful by the Creator’s hand.
She is a special education teacher with a message to never, never, never give up because there is always hope for each person in every situation.
What Lies Beneath is the focus of Elina Zebergs latest encaustic series. In both literal and abstract expression, she explores tangible and visceral images of what beauty our planet has hiding just under the surface of our earth.
From her earliest memories, Elina has had a love for our little blue planet and all that dwells upon it. From personal studies and pursuits, to studying marine biology, oceanography and geology in college, it is an ongoing passion that has never faded.