November Featured Artist at Tumalo Art Co is Marty Stewart
Ebb & Flow/ High & Low
Marty Stewart’s November show of new paintings, “Ebb & Flow/ High & Low”, describes the movement of waters–oceans, estuaries, and rivers, while high and low tells of the land—mountains that rise, lowlands and deserts spreading out, and down below, the hidden world of seeds and roots. The show opens open November 2, from 4-8pm at Tumalo Art Co.
“My art ebbs and flows as well,” says Marty “From Impressionistic landscapes to pure abstracts of color, shape and line, and back again, from soft pastel to acrylic, to mixed media, and back again. Sometimes a struggle, and sometimes a higher achievement.”
When creating pastel paintings Marty begins with an under painting of watercolor on sanded paper that enhances the pastels and makes the landscapes rich with color and depth. As she develops her composition she uses light and dark values to bring the viewers’ eye into her work. Her work invites the viewer to experience the emotion she felt when first happening upon the scene she is painting.
Marty began her journey as an artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a BFA in painting and drawing in 1970. Many years and diverse life experiences later brought her to Central Oregon in 1998, where she resumed her original pursuit of artistic expression surrounded by the diverse beauty of the high desert and informed by travel to various exotic locations worldwide.
Her painting “Sonata”, which was chosen as First Place in the 2011 Pastel Journal 100 Competition, Abstract category, was recently included in the new North Light book entitled Art Journey: Abstract Painting–A Celebration of Contemporary Art. She has received several awards for her atmospheric, emotive artwork that moves toward abstraction. And, Marty is continually pushing the edges of her move in that direction.
As she writes, “all of life, in the outer landscapes, in our inner world, is ebb and flow, high and low.”
Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District. The gallery is open seven days a week. Call 541-385-9144 or see us online at tumaloartco.com.