The camera is just a tool

“Oh you must have a really good camera”!  These words are often heard by myself and other photographers.  They are said with sincere praise and appreciation for my work and for that I am grateful. taken with a Canon 5D Mark II My reply is yes, I do have a great camera!  Actually I have many great cameras that I shoot professionally with. They include my cell phone,  a box camera from the 1950’s, a toy camera with all of its wonderful light leaks and I am in the process of making a camera out of cardboard!  Many would say…

Oregon the beautiful!

It is said we should love where we live and I can say with all honesty I do!  Gratitude is a constant for my parent’s adventuresome spirit that took them on the long journey west from Ohio when I was just a babe in my mother’s womb.  Oregon is the only place I have called home and what a place it is, all 98,466 square miles of it! My youth was spent in the abundant lushness of the Willamette Valley.  It was an idyllic childhood. Early memories remain of the flowers mama grew, of climbing the tree in the front yard to feast over their…

The flowers that bloom in the spring tra-la

It’s been a long cold season and we are all a little winter weary.  I feel for you Lake Tahoe who has a record 685″ of snow and still counting.  I feel for you Portland, Oregon who has been given the designation of the most winter weary city in America.   To our neighbor up north, Canada you have had it cold! We all are waiting for spring to decide to show its face but till it does I would like to give you a little remembrance of what is coming. May it lift your spirits and “breathe promise of merry sunshine”!…

Contemporary art at its best

It has been said that art is good when it is “unique in conception and well executed”, engaging the viewer. There is something “stunningly right” about the work “that commands your gaze and thoughts whenever you look at it”. “The intensity of the experience of the person making it comes through”. It is “honest, unselfconscious, bold, ambitious, enlightening, original, challenging, and a feast for the senses.” All can be said about Mike Bronco’s paintings. (http://www.artbusiness.com/how-to-recognize-the-best-art.html) For inquiries about Mike’s work please contact the gallery.  

Think on theses things

Just recently I read an article how science research is showing that the words we speak actually restructure our brain.   Those positive words, when we dwell on them, changes the function of our brain and over time the very structure, so much so that it may affect the way we look at reality.  The same goes for those negative thoughts.  They stop our brains from operating the way it is supposed to. So I would think it also is with images. Ansel Adams once said “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is…

Loving original art!

Art is at its best when it’s the original!  Compare it to eating really good food or listening to an amazing concert live!  A meal out of a box just can’t meet up to the experience of eating that succulent dinner al fresco in a garden.  The car speakers will never match the surround sound of your favorite musician on stage. So it is with original art. Here is my most recent art purchase by a local artist Michael John Bittle; original art that makes me smile.  The vibrant energy starts the day with a fresh happiness and an “all is well…

For the love of it

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done”.  Vincent van Gogh One thing I have learned since opening the gallery is that the artists here love what they do.  I mean really love it! They all have a passion for creating in their chosen medium and they definitely ‘accomplish much’ and do it very well.  That passion shows not only in the finished works but also in the many impromptu discussions that end up being a master…

THE SEA

It’s a group show coming to the gallery!  Ten of our artists have come together with new work to pay homage to the sea. Dee Boyles, Lori Wallace-Lloyd. Marilyn Affolter, Ruth Orschel, Amy Brodie-Scout, Candice Cameron, Jeanne Drevis, Maida Cummings, Eric Sappington and introducing  Mike Bronco

Beauty surrounds us

We all have choices to make everyday.  Once made, even the little ones shape us into who we are becoming.  There is a lot of power in a decision. I choose beauty.  I choose to to see the beauty that surrounds daily.  Yes there are moments when all efforts fail no matter how hard I try.  These are the times when it comes down to literally “counting my blessings”out loud.  Life does that.  It becomes hard.  That’s when I make the choice to look for and to acknowledge beauty with gratitude.  And with amazement, because what I really am talking…

Painting to inspire others

Meet Mike Bronco. This self taught artist who picked up a paint brush at the age of 50 produces sophisticated works that are rich in color, texture and strong in emotion. Twenty-two years and hundreds of paintings later Mike still cannot put the brush down.   I had the honor and complete pleasure in visiting Mike’s home and studio this afternoon where I was greeted by colorful canvases on the walls, laid out on the tables and stacked against the walls.  The paintings were rich and varied as Mike’s life has been.  Not limited to one genre Mike paints intuitively, rarely…