What: Sequoia Gallery + Studios August Featured Artist Show
Who: Leopoldine Brew and Jane Vanderzanden
Where: Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 SE Third Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon
When: Meet the Artists Reception, August 7th, 5-8pm; Show runs August 7th – 31st.
Gallery Hours: 10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Contact: Pat Krishnamurthy, 503-645-4693
Leopoldine Brew presents oil paintings of cats, both wild and domestic in “The Eye of the Tiger”; Jane Vanderzanden shares acrylic paintings inspired by her love of the outdoors. Meet the artists, 5-8 pm, August 7th; show runs until Aug.31st. The exhibition also includes work by 26 additional artists. On-site artists’ studios will be open during the reception.
Jane Vanderzanden’s acrylic paintings and scratchboard drawings are a reflection of the things she sees from her outdoor adventures to what she sees 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, artist Jane Vanderzanden 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.
The title of my August show is “The Eye of the Tiger”. It is not just the title of a song; the eyes of these beautiful creatures captivate me and become subjects for my oil paintings. The moment I finish the eyes in a painting the animal comes to life. The eyes speak volumes. Once I achieve that distinctive gleam in their eyes, I feel a rush of accomplishment and have turned another corner in my painting process. My audience uses their eyes to observe and connect with the soul, spirit and expression of the animal. My passion expresses itself through each of my paintings. With perseverance and patience, I am able to capture the essence of the rare and beautiful spirit of each animal.
My devotion to capturing the grandeur of wildlife in my paintings was first nurtured with trips to the zoo as a child with my father. From those formative beginnings, I 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 my daughters.
In my communion with wild animals, I have long felt their equality with humans. Welcome to “The Eye of the Tiger”.