“There are so many different process options in printmaking; the freedom to explore and experiment is a highlight for me. I took an online collagraph workshop from an artist in New Zealand in late 2022. In the new year I intend to build more plates and experiment with inking to produce new work.”
“I ran my ‘top nine’ (liked posts on Instagram) and was not surprised to see that most of them reference Summer Lake. That place earned a piece of my heart the very first time we visited the wildlife sanctuary in 2021, but especially during a self-directed residency at Playa last summer. I found new ways to see, new techniques to try, new courage to experiment. The work I produced there resonates strongly for me and, apparently, others. My wall at TAC this month exclusively displays work from my residency.”
“2022 was a year that we all came out of what felt like a very long hibernation. For me personally I committed to be bolder and more experimental with my art. Late in 2021 I had decided to redirect all my efforts towards abstract painting and learned some new techniques as well as incorporated things like collage and mixed media back into my painting. It was an exciting time for my creativity and I am looking forward to moving deeper into the process this coming year.”
“I feel lucky and honored to show my work amongst the creative artists of the Tumalo Art Co. These artists lift me up and encourage me to push myself a little harder every day. In 2023, I will be the featured artist at the gallery for May. Since color always inspires me, I’ll dedicate twelve new paintings to the colors of birthstones. I’m looking forward to diving into the spectrum of ruby, emerald, opal, amethyst and more!”
Turqouise Deep (December birthstone), shown above, will be in Helen’s May show.
Susan Luckey Higdon
“One of the highlights of 2022 for me was painting plein air during a short camping trip to Paulina and East Lake with fellow artists Tracy Leagjeld and Sarah Hansen. Plein air painting is not a big part of my art life, but I recognize how much I learn and am energized by doing it. Being outside in our incredibly beautiful surroundings, in the moment, painting, is like nothing else. It is an exercise in radical ‘seeing’. All of the senses are engaged. It’s an emotional roller coaster. And being with artists who are excited about the same view is the best. I want to make room for more times like that in the coming year.”
“I feel like the cobbler whose kids go shoeless. I have been painting wild and domestic animals for years but have yet to complete even one painting of any of my pets. This coming year that will change; I vow to immortalize all of my animal companions, past and present. This recently completed painting of my cat Marley is my first commemoration!”