Our March show will feature Ellen Jerome’s landscapes and seascapes in oils, Laura Wilson’s Google, Siri and drone-assisted watercolor and oil landscapes, and vintage-inspired ceramic vessels and additional works by Jenny Champlin.
Ellen is an impressionist artist painting mostly in oils. She discovered that the lushness and versatility of oils were the perfect way to express her creative ideas. Studio compositions are usually begun in her sketchbook with quick oil paintings. These small paintings serve as sources of reference for larger works. She also enjoys plein air painting where she is inspired by sunlight, shadow and color relationships. Ellen hopes the viewer will sense her enthusiasm and love of painting. Her favorite subjects are the Oregon landscape and seascapes, flower gardens, and still life compositions – they all spark her creativity.
Ellen’s art education spans 30 plus years. She has studied at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, Joseph Art School and throughout the Northwest with master art instructors. She has been exhibited by invitation at The Mill Atelier Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, El Presidio Gallery in Tucson, Arizona and the Bennington Art Center in Bennington, Vermont. Ellen’s work is in many collections throughout Oregon and beyond. She was represented for almost 20 years by the Lawrence Gallery in Sheridan, Oregon and was recently juried into Sequoia Gallery in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Laura’s Wilson’s paintings investigate and bring inside a landscape of personally significant space. By leveraging a drone’s eye view, Google search and the quirks of Siri, her latest work explores both the urgency and occasional calm felt in finding our place in the physical world. She merges the matter-of-fact open-sourced lens of conceptual realism with abstraction, while playing with surface texture and color energy, to create memories both personal and universal. Ideas of longevity, strength and vulnerability pepper the images created in oil, watercolor, pastel and gouache.
Laura joined Sequoia Gallery and Studios in 2017 after a career in writing, localization and people management. Laura has exhibited her work in galleries in Beaverton and Cannon Beach before coming to Sequoia. Her paintings are in the private collections of homes world-over, including England, Shanghai, Montana, California, as well as in Black Butte and Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Discarded fragments, tarnished, and torn……these are the elements that inspire and wake Jenny’s muse. Her March show will be feature an installation using an antique brass bed, shredded quilts, a 6 foot nest, old family Norwegian Bible, cracked wooden sleds, and other elements that keep Jenny awake at night, lure her into her creative space, and fuel her artistic endeavors.
Jenny has an MFA in ceramics from Syracuse University, and a BFA, Secondary Art Degree, and Art History minor from the University of North Dakota. She taught for 5 years at a Jr. College in Wyoming as well as K-12. Currently, she teaches middle school art for ORCA (Oregon Connections Academy) online school. She creates her mixed media and ceramic art in Studio #7 at Sequoia Gallery + Studios.