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I have only been painting a few years, but I've really come to enjoy the peace and calmness that goes with it.
My favorite kind of painting is Plein Air (painting outside). You must work quickly to capture the light and shadows before they change, and, you get to enjoy the great out-of-doors while you are working! If I'm not outside, I usually paint from photographs I have taken.
My medium of choice is acrylic paints, but I have done some work in watercolor as well.
Stephen Hayes has been painting since the age of ten when he visited a San Francisco museum and saw his first Rembrandt. He specializes in portraiture and conceptual art, with much of his work being featured in books and magazines in the US and abroad. After retiring from teaching at Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Portland Art Institute, as well as maintaining a successful career as a professional illustrator, Stephen now wants to focus on paintings that ask questions, celebrate human interaction and embody the idea that “Important artists create worlds that would not otherwise have existed.” Most recently, Stephen has won the award for Best Interpretation of the Theme “Connections” at the Battleground Art Alliance Spring Show with his painting, Winning Move, pictured below. His painting, Island Man, is currently on display in The Cube at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center. He lives in Ridgefield with his high school sweetheart, and wife of 45 years, Sue Hayes
Painting is a way of sharing a part of me. I create on paper what I’d like others to see. It may be the beautiful nature of a flower or perhaps a moment captured that would otherwise be fleeting, like an expression on a dog’s face. I can even create what isn’t real and that’s the joy of art.
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I paint in oil on canvas, using a combination of smooth brush and textured palette knife painting. I am inspired by the beauty and majesty of nature. I juxtapose natural and man-made structures. Organic and geometric structures make an interesting contrast, and I can illustrate the power of nature by depicting an environmental structure that eclipses man-made structures. I often paint “portraits” of peoples homes or barns.
I have been mixed media abstract/ impressionistic artist for over seven years. Since 2014 I have been involved and supported the local art scene in Portland and Vancouver. I was a featured artist at the Angst Gallery in Vancouver (2018) .
I have put on my own one man shows. Collaborated with other artists and sponsored unknown artist. I have performed as a vocalist with local musical groups . I have used my creative skills to help with set designs for local theater and art fairs.
My main medium is acrylic paint. I also enjoy other paint mediums such as oil, encaustic, water colors. During the Covid shut down and social distancing, art became my “good friend”.
I want to help with the Ridgefield Arts Council promote an arts district cultural center that includes art shows, live theater, educational experiences for all ages and art therapy.
I was born in Kyoto, Japan and grew up in Osaka.
When I was a little girl, I enjoyed working on coloring books. One of my favorite classes in Elementary and Middle school was Art class.
My long-time desire was to start painting again. I wished that someday I could have time to paint.
My life was busy with study, work, and raising a family. Since Middle school I did not have time to focus on painting. After a long time passed, and all of my children have grown up, I had more time for myself. In November of 2018, I took a watercolor painting class that Cathy Winter was teaching in Ridgefield. The class reignited to my passion for painting. I have been painting nearly every day since starting that class.
In watercolor painting it is very interested to see how water move the pigment to create beautiful colors. I feel like I am just a helper for the water and paint to make a beautiful picture. I watch and I am amazed at their work.
Painting gives me a lot of joy and happiness. If you can feel this though my paintings I will be very happy.
Now I am inspired and excited to be painting!
Barbara brings a diverse background of cartography, science, math, and illustrations of natural science. She uses watercolor, ink, colored pencil, graphite, acrylic and natural objects in her artwork of plants and animals.
She has been passionate about both art and science from a young age. After earning a degree in geography and cartography, Barbara enjoyed a career in cartography. She was also fortunate to have varied careers in college teaching and science illustration.
Barbara finds wonder and feels awe when viewing all aspects of nature. Her desire is to constantly expand her knowledge and share this wonder of natural marvels through her artwork. She is eager to educate others about the connection between science and the beauty surrounding us
I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during my family's first visit in the early 2000s. The towering trees, snow capped mountains, lush vegetation, rivers and waterfalls, and the fresh air captured my heart. What I hope to accomplish with my photography and art is to capture and share nature's splendor. The Pacific Northwest is truly God's country.
I'm an award winning nature & wildlife photographer & part-time musician. Living in Clark County I love our parks, mountains and coastlines. With photography I see colors & light much like I hear different parts of music. By connecting with nature, I often hear the music of what I'm photographing.
My mosquito made from different types of agates is one of many items I make from stone and rock. I love making insects, birds, flowers, and more. The mosquito earned a third place ribbon in the 2022 SWA Spring Show.
You can see more of my art at swavancouver.com/richard-britschgi
You may contact me at email@example.com
Anne Carroll Gilmour Has been a textile artist for over 3 decades. She lives near the
beautiful Columbia River in Ridgefield, Washington where she works full time in a
converted pole barn/textile studio and teaches workshops in spinning, weaving and
knitting. Her award winning creations in both weaving and knitting have been featured in
various textile books and periodicals and in many galleries, museums & private
collections worldwide. A first generation American, she readily admits that her Celtic
roots & love of history and traditional textile skills show up frequently in her designs.
She is an accredited member of the Scottish Tartans Authority and is also a master
soap maker. When not elbow-deep in wool she raises Jacob sheep and enjoys her
family, pets, the great outdoors, reading, writing songs, playing her fiddle & dancing.
Facebook: Salvaged Treasures by Cheryl
Working in a small studio with my wife, Holly, allows me to create whatever pops into my head. My work is a way to express the thoughts I struggle with verbally. There is no singular style to what I build so each piece is unique. I simply enjoy “playing in the mud.”
At an early age, I found that creativity can happen through trying new ideas and then reaching a little further. My discovery process is ongoing, even after my teaching career and into retirement. Through the years, I have worked with glass, cloth, clay, ink and wood, but my focus currently is working with gourds.
I am continually trying new techniques and materials so each gourd is a creative journey for me. Working in the round on imperfect surfaces and with a huge variety of gourd shapes and sizes, the process of decorating is always a welcome challenge. I may just paint the gourd, I may Wood burn it, I may use a wax resist technique, or I may carve it. I may add embellishments or weave the top edge with pine needles. I may add rocks and driftwood into the design, which gives added textures. As I complete each gourd, I realize that the journey for that gourd is complete and that my vision for the final product has become a reality.
I am basically self-taught, although I have taken a few gourd classes and I also learn from a few gourd books in my library. No matter what media I work with, it is the creative process that guides and excites me.
Aurora Gallery, Vancouver, WA
Broadway Gallery, Longview, WA
Camas Gallery, Camas, WA
Inspired by nature, my hands on approach purposely uses textures, colors and three dimensional elements to engage the viewer through fiber mixed media. My small wall art quilts bring the outside in and remind us of the beauty of God’s creation all around us.