ARTIST TALK: Saturday, March 25th, 2017 (4-5PM)
Smith & Vallee Gallery is delighted to feature Lisa McShane’s exquisite oil paintings during the month of March.
Lisa McShane first studied painting as a child in Germany working alongside a professional artist in his studio. She later studied both oil painting and metal sculpture in college. Lisa has had various solo shows and group shows throughout galleries in Skagit and Whatcom County, and her work has been included in many exhibitions at the Museum of Northwest Art and The Whatcom Museum.
One of her paintings, The Sun Sets on the Slope of the Horse Heaven Hills, was on exhibit in the American Embassy in Yemen for several years. Her painting Mountains at Dusk is in the collection of the Washington State Governor's Mansion in Olympia, Washington. In 2015 she was the Artist in Residence at Petrified Forest National Park.
McShane travels frequently to specific areas of her past to study eroded hills and valleys, to watch the changing skies, and to observe reflections in the water. This show is inspired by these trips and will take you to the Salish Sea, through the Palouse region of Eastern Washington, and right back to her beautiful back yard, Bow-Edison.
About her work: The essential element in Lisa McShane’s paintings is light, and its interaction with water and land. She layers oils and resin over oil-primed linen to create deeply luminous paintings, often sanding down to earlier layers to convey erosion and depth. Her work is increasingly focused above the horizon: the deep blue of mid-day, the color of early dawn, and the stars in the night sky. The eroded shapes of the landscapes are often abstracted and graphic – big shapes silhouetted against the sky with clouds and contrails forming the composition.
images: (Top) 'Stommish', Oil on Linen Panel, 30"x40" (Bottom) 'The Skagit', Oil on Linen Panel, 18"x30"