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Selected for American Tonalist Society, Best in Tonalism, 2020, Online Showcase!

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Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

I am thrilled to announce my painting, Sea Mist at Dawn, has been selected for the American Tonalist Society’s “Best in Tonalism, 2020”, Online Showcase. The show runs from July 15 – August 15 and can be viewed online at and The show was originally planned to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, but due to the Covid 19 pandemic, has moved to an online format to protect the public. It is a great honor to be a part of this show, as artists from three continents, Canada, US and Mexico, are displaying their works.

What is Tonalism?

What is Tonalism, you might ask? Tonalism is an art movement that originated in America in the late 19th Century. The writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson helped shape the Transcendental movement, and, thus began a spiritual response to nature. Artists responded, in kind, by painting works with soft, blurred edges and a very narrow value range. Their color palette included a wide variety of muted blues, greens, violets and grays. Some of my favorite Tonalist artists include: George Inness, J.F. Murphy and Charles Warren Eaton. During post 1860’s, there was a melancholic response to the Civil war and many Americans began to reject organized religion. Some artists found solace in nature, and, especially at the low light hours, dawn and dusk. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads”.

As a contemporary painter, I try to reach a spiritual place through painting. Connecting to nature brings me to a place where I leap out of the temporal and into the eternal. I strive to awaken and sharpen an internal experience; and to suggest the reality and represent the mood that a natural scene evokes. I hope that my paintings help others relate to the universal beauty in nature. Many of my works are from imagination.

Artist Reception – Gallery Mack – Lolly Shera – Fine Artist

Please join me for an Artist Reception at Gallery Mack on Saturday, April 6th, 2-4 pm. I will be giving an Artist Talk to discuss my paintings at 2pm. Gallery Mack is located at 2100 Western Ave., Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98121. I hope to see you there!

Magic hour light glowing through the forest, nocturne of forest and pond
Secluded Forest, 16 x 20
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Symphony of Night, 20 x 20
flock of birds takes flight from a field during sunrise
Taking Flight, 16 x 30

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?

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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!

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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!

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Patterson Creek, 8 x 12