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Showing at City Hall!

I’m honored to show my paintings at the City of Snoqualmie, City Hall, February 19 – June 30, 2020! The title of the show is : “Painting the Snoqualmie Valley”. The public is invited to view the art at City Hall any time during the work week, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. If you’re in the area please stop by! There are 15 paintings in the show.

The website for the City of Snoqualmie is: http://www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us

View of Mt Si and Snoqualmie Valley at the Golden Hour. 15 Paintings at City Hall. Valley Light is showing at City of Snoqualmie, City Hall.
Valley Light, 24 x 38, Oil on linen on panel; one of the 15 paintings in the show at City Hall!

I have lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for 26 years. My husband and I have two adult children, both raised in the Valley. We enjoy the outdoors together, hiking, biking, fishing and backcountry skiing.

My contemporary landscape paintings are praised for their evocative, timeless quality. Inspired by the rural farms and fields of the Valley, I strive to create a sense of the spiritual connection that I feel with the land.

Just like the early masters, I use my field sketches and memory to create a poetic response to the subtle beauty and peaceful rhythms of nature. The composition and geometry of spatial relationships that are presented in the landsape are always the impetus for choosing a motif. Back in the studio I may further the design with a radical simplification of the subject. The luminous surface of my paintings is derived from applying many layers of transparent and translucent paint. Through my work it is my goal to engage the viewer in a conversation about his or her own memories and experiences in nature. Read more about my painting background in my Biography: https://lollyshera.com/lolly-shera-is-praised-for-her-evocative-timeless-landscapes/

The purpose of the painter is simply to reproduce in other minds the impression a scene has made upon him (her). A work of art does not appeal to the intellect. It does not appeal to the moral sense. Its aim is to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion.

-George Inness

Holiday Small Works Show – Wednesday, December 4th, 6-8pm – Gallery Mack

Please join me at Gallery Mack for the 1st annual Small Works Show! This exhibition features 15 Northwest artists and a variety of mediums including: glass, wood, paintings, and ceramics. Stop by for bubbly, good conversation and live music! http://www.gallerymack.com.

Here are a few of my painting in the show:

Across the Bay, 12×18
Safe Harbor, 12×18
snow, winter, landscape, oil painting, representational art, snow, shed, evergreen tree, contemporary realism,
Snow Day, 12 x 12

I came across this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson the other day. It’s a really great interpretation of how I view my art making.

“The production of a work of art throws a light upon the mystery of humanity. A work of art is an abstract or epitome of the world. It is the result or expression of nature, in miniature… a leaf, a sun beam, a landscape, the ocean, make an analogous impression on the mind… The poet, the sculptor, the painter, the musician, the architect, seek each to concentrate the radiance of the world on the point, and each in his several work to satisfy the love of beauty which stimulates him (her) to produce. This is Art, a nature passed through the alembic of man filled with the beauty of her first works. The world thus exists to the soul to satisfy the desire of the beauty.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fine Art River Painting – Contemporary Tonalism

Inspiration abounds in the tall green trees of this fine art river painting!  From the thick foliage of the understory up through the canopy, I look for a variety of greens and yellows in nature.  These colors help to convey a calming mood in this painting. The trees are why I live and paint in the Pacific Northwest!

My greatest influences are the artists of the American Tonalist movement. Their goal was to capture the moods and allure of the landscape.  My work is similar, in that I respond to nature on an emotional level, striving to find the spiritual qualities, or poetry, in the land.

Being outside in nature is an awe inspiring experience.  How does one respond to the beauty of the universe?  Experiencing each moment builds up a series of impressions.  Many impressions create an experience as a whole.  After visiting a scene, I  recall upon the memory of a place.  The memory filters out the most poignant elements and leaves the rest behind.   Designing a good composition for a painting is the key to success.  What I leave out is just as important as what remains. It’s an abstract step in the process, to design a painting, and I may not do an exact rendering of a scene.  As a result, my paintings become more about a feeling, and a sense of place.  How do you feel when you view this painting?

Read more about Tonalism:

If you’re interested in learning more about the American Tonalism Movement please visit: https://www.amazon.com/History-American-Tonalism-Crucible…/dp/0988902222 

The size of River Song is: 45″ x30″.  This contemporary composition is a “stand out” oil painting for any room of your home or office!

If interested in purchasing this fine art river painting please email me at the following email address:

Email : lolly@lollyshera.com

 

Fine art river landscape, fine art river painting, evergreen trees near a river, moody river landscape, river reflections, river song

River Song, 40 x 25

 

2nd Annual Little Gems Juried Art Show

I am honored to participate in this year’s 2nd annual Little Gems Juried Art Show at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA.  The opening reception will be held on June 2nd and the paintings will hang in the gallery until July 29th.  I cordially invite you to attend this show and to see some fantastic plein air and studio paintings from some of the Northwest’s finest artists.  My painting, Patterson Creek, was chosen as Best of Show at the Clymer Museum’s Juried Show “West of the Mississippi” in 2014.   I hope to see you there!

landscape painting, fine art, classical realism, classical painting, classical landscape painting, oil painting, art, winter field, gray sky, creek, distant fir trees, purple mountains

Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

Story of making the painting, “Valley Light”

Oil paining, mountain, tonalist painting, tonalism, representational art, mountains, trees, panoramic view, valley, shadow line, clouds, realism, classical painting, rosemary brushes, contemporary realism, contemporary art

Presence, 24 x 38

Late one fall afternoon I was working in my studio – and I felt a hunch that I ought to go to my special view spot in the mountains.  It was faster to ride my bike than walk, as it was nearing the end of the day- so I grabbed a backpack and threw in my sketchbook and a packet of charcoal. The weather had been variable all day with patchy clouds and sun breaks.  As I headed up the trail I could see faint light glimmering through the trees.  Higher and higher I rode, as fast as my lungs would allow.  Once I reached the clearing, the sight before me stopped me in my tracks. Reflecting off the cliffs of Mt. Si was this orange-gold light – a spectacular vision that I had never seen before; orange light with a dark shadow line rising up the flanks of the entire mountain range.  The image of this beautiful valley light burned instantly into my mind’s eye.  I knew I had to create this scene into a painting.  But wouldn’t the time please stop and let me soak in the experience a little longer?  I knew it wouldn’t – moments don’t stand still do they?  They just keep unfolding, one after another.  I felt myself accepting the orange light as it sank into my bones and I stood there, silently observing.   No drawing needed.   Luckily I had been there before to draw, so, I had, at least, a record of the important elements.  If you have ever looked at a painting for a long time maybe you’ve experienced a moment through an artist’s rendering.  Back in the studio I had the opportunity to re-experience that moment many times over – from memory.   That’s why I called this painting, Valley Light.  It’s about the Here and Now.  I like Being. Here. Now.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery, “Honey I Shrunk the Art” Annual Small Works Show

I am excited to participate in Matzke Fine Art Gallery’s 26th “Honey I Shrunk the Art” annual small works show!  The show opens on November 19th with an Opening Party and Potluck, 4pm –  9pm, and continues through January 15, 2017. Visit the website at http://www.matzkefineart.com.

For this show I created five plein air paintings of Camano Island.  As a native Washingtonian, I spent many childhood summers exploring our coastlines by boat, throughout Puget Sound and the Inland Passage. My favorite spot on the boat was sitting on the bow, scouting for logs and stumps, or any other danger to our small craft.  I loved to look past the white caps to the rows of slim blue islands across the channel and imagine what life was like at each distant port.  Fast forward a couple of decades and I am still exploring – with my oil paints.  For this series of small plein air paintings, I set out to visit the beaches of Camano Island.  Standing close to the water, smelling the salt and listening to the waves crash against the shore brought me right back to those boat rides and summer time feel.  It’s funny how the smell of salt water can trigger so many memories.  I feel the same sense of wonder today for the beauty I see in nature that I did when I was a child.  Through painting, I try to express an honest translation of both soul and the land.

impressionism, oil, oil painting, landscape painting, mt baker, cascades, cascade mountains, representational art, contemporary landscape painting, oil, gallery, plein air, farmland

Mt Baker, 6 x 8, plein air

camano island state park, representational painting, impressionism, plein air, painting, oil, landscape painting, puget sound, salt water, island, water, contemporary landscape

Camano Island State Park, 6 x 8, plein air

skagit bay, puget sound, salt water, oil painting, plein air, representational art, impressionism, classical painting, classical realism, oil, pacific northwest art, gallery, beach, sand, water, tide

Skagit Bay, 6 x 8, plein air

camano island, representational art, tide, water, pilings, mountains, sea, oil painting, contemporary landscape, landscape painting, impressionism, representational art, pacific northwest, puget sound, mountains, plein air painting,

Tide Coming In, 6 x 8, Plein Air

mudflats, salt water, puget sound, oil painting, landscape painting, plein air, painting, representational art, impressionism, classical realism, realism, puget sound, mountains, piling

Mudflats, 8 x 6, plein air

Spring National Oil & Acrylic Society International On-Line Exhibition

I am honored to learn that my painting, A Bay View, was accepted in the National Oil & Acrylic Society’s Spring International On-Line Exhibition!

The idea for A Bay View came about one morning at Bay View State Park, part of Washington state’s Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.  I was on a multi-day drawing and painting trip, observing and appreciating the coastlines, the waves and the trees at different times of day.  On the last morning I returned to the beach and sat on a log, watching as the pale Northwest sky slowly filled with pinks and roses of early dawn. I knew that an idea was born.

Thanks for reading!

A Bay View, 20 x 30

A Bay View, 20 x 30

Lolly’s Solo Show at Fountainhead Gallery – May 7th, 5-7pm

Please join me at Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA, on May 7th, 5-7pm, for the opening reception of my Solo Show, titled, “A Sense of Place.”

Shera front

Shera back

Plein Air Magazine’s 5th Annual Plein Air Salon – Feb/Mar 2016

I am honored to have had several paintings accepted into the Plein Air Magazine/Streamline Publishing, Inc. 5th Annual Plein Air Salon – Feb/Mar online juried show.

Headwaters-48x36-LollyShera

                             Headwaters, 48×36

painting of krummholz tree by the ocean, beach, sunset, fence, rocks in foreground

Illume, 40 x 30

Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

Mason Creek Falls, 16 x 11

Mason Creek Falls, 16 x 11

Barn By the Sea, 20 x 24

Barn By the Sea, 20 x 24

A Bay View, 20 x 30

A Bay View, 20 x 30

Mountain Meadow, 19 x 48

Mountain Meadow, 19 x 48

Mt Rainier, dawn, pink sky, reflection, pond, evergreens, alpine trees

Tahoma, 24 x 24

creek in field, winter day, grey sky, silver light, evergreen trees, landscape, color study

Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

Way Out to Sea, 20 x 30

Way Out to Sea, 20 x 30

 

Clymer Museum Poster

The Clymer Museum & Gallery did a great job creating the poster for my upcoming show, “From the Headwaters to the Sea”.  There is a public reception March 4th, from 5 – 7 pm.  If you’re in the area please stop by to say hello!

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