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Kathy O’Leary Reveals Hidden Beauty
Sewell Gallery Fine Art shines a spotlight on the highly acclaimed oil paintings of Kathy O’Leary as she offers a fresh perspective on local scenes with her show titled Hidden Beauty: Landscapes of the North Coast. All are invited to meet O’Leary as the Featured Artist for December, and view her new work during a reception on Saturday, December 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. during Arts Alive!
O’Leary is a contemporary plein air painter living and working in Humboldt County for the last 30 years. Beginning with her interest in art as a child and culminating with a full time commitment as a professional artist, the main focus of her work is of the uncommon quiet charms of the local landscape.
As an oil painter, she aims to portray the incredible depth and beauty found in the natural forms of the land. “I’m always searching for that perfect scene, the most beautiful light and amazing designs created by natural forms,” she says.
The paintings submitted for this exhibition are from work done both plein air (on location) and from photographs taken during her travels throughout the North Coast region. O’Leary says, “Painting en plein air is truly an enjoyable process for me. Working on location contributes an additional sensory and kinesthetic experience to the already intense process of painting that I love. Outdoors, it is all about the light, and how fast I can capture the scene that drew me to paint, before the light changes. Some paintings come together quickly and are completed on location. Others needing further development are completed in my studio.”
While most of her plein air paintings are smaller and on location, she also enjoys working on larger pieces in her studio. The broader canvases provide an opportunity to explore impressions of a scene, and develop some of the subtleties in design, color and form that she is attracted to in the landscape. For this reason, some scenes are painted rather loosely, while others have tighter lines and brush strokes.
O’Leary has said that “like most artists, my life is about the process of discovery and the physical and intellectual work it takes to follow that path. It is exhilarating and challenging, fraught with self-doubt, constant searching, flashes of brilliance and the freedom to choose what comes next.”
Experience these fine works from December 4 - 28 at Sewell Gallery Fine Art, located at 423 F Street in Eureka. Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday noon to 5pm, closed Monday. For more information, call the gallery at (707) 269-0617 or visit their website www.SewellGallery.com.