Ballard Art Walk
Andrew L. Parker with RE/MAX Metro Realty hosts artists each month as part of the Ballard Art Walk. Join him for an open reception on the second Saturday from 6 and 9 PM at the Ballard Station Public House.
Reception: Sat. May 11th, 2013 from 6 to 9 PM
"The moment I decided to become an artist I was drawing a live portrait of my Grandmother, Charlotte, AKA Charlie. She was casually lying back on my parents couch in San Diego, where I’m from. Her eyes were closed as she enjoyed the mid-day, summer breeze and the light shining on her skin. As I sketched the lines and shading of her 82 year old face she told me tales about my ancestors who were artists. I remember drawing her smirk and knowing that little smile was from her enjoyment of sharing time with her granddaughter this way, and the pride she felt of knowing that the creativity will survive in her family. When she looked at what I had drawn she said in an angry tone, “Hey! I don’t look that old” and we laughed. I wish I could find that sketch.
Summer ended and I went back up to San Francisco to continue working on my degree in Design and Fine Art at SFSU. Living in San Francisco for 8 years had a huge impact on my art style as well as the years I spent abroad at school in Europe. I went to High school in Switzerland, where I vastly expanded my world experiences. Then again in college I did a year at a prestigious Industrial design school in London, called Brunel. To be honest, It was hard and it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t wait to get back to the states and get into some art classes again. Ill never forget my African Art History class at SF State. It was so inspiring to me that I took it 3 times!! I am so lucky to have such supportive parents and family that stand behind me and my creative endeavors.
My style is very distinct. It’s bold, and it keeps getting bigger in size. I like to approach a painting without any clear idea of where it’s going. I am inspired by the mystery, and as the imagery develops before me I am guided to, hopefully, a solid outcome. I believe this is the path to being authentic, and if I don’t have that then I have not been true to myself or the art that I produce. As far as the subject matter goes, I believe I’m just channeling my subconscious and I have a hard time verbally expressing “what it means”.
I primarily use acrylic on canvas because of the sheer size of my work, paint isn’t cheap. I also introduce a variety of mediums such as oil sticks, sand, gold leaf, mica, gels, crackle, found objects, etc… I have the need for texture in my paintings because my technique can often makes things look so flat.
When Im not painting, Im either at work framing fine art, or Im behind my drums making music with my band. Seattle has been really good to me. Ive been here for almost 6 years and this is the first time Ive shown any of my work. Please enjoy it.
Next Month: John Caldwell
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D. D. Steen
Reception: Sat. April 13th, 2013 from 6 to 9 PM
"D.D. Steen has been sketching since childhood and has explored several genres, from etching to oil painting, before discovering an affinity for watercolor.
She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado. She has been exploring NW scenery as well as local gardens for the current collection. Her botanical watercolors feature plants from the Medicinal Herb Garden at the Universtiy of Washington as well as her local neighborhood. Favorite spots for landscape paintings include Golden Gardens, Greenlake, Magnolia Bluff, and Chimacum Valley on the Olympic Peninsula. "
Reception: Sat. March 9th, 2013 from 6 to 9 PM
"I was raised in the artistic surroundings of San Francisco and Sausalito CA and have been a Seattle artist since 1988. I am a Signature Member of the National Collage Society and have won national as well as local awards. My work is in various collections, including Group Health in Tacoma. WA.
In an increasingly high tech and stainless steel world, I hope to add a moment of color, texture, beauty or surprise with my art. I start a collage or fiber piece for the sheer pleasure of seeing how an idea is going to turn out. Often the forms and colors of the materials I use create an unexpected shape, rhythm or atmosphere of their own and result in a picture quite unlike my original concept.
In creating collages I use Asian papers which I usually color with acrylic . I also use "found" papers from published sources and interesting fabrics. I apply the materials on canvas or archival paper background using acrylic medium as the glue. "Collage" is derived from the French verb "coller" meaning to adhere, paste or glue. When the picture is finished, I use UV protective varnish."
Reception: Sat. February 9th, 2013 from 6 to 9 PM
"I have been painting for about 45 years now. I started out working mainly in watercolor. That evolved into both oil and acrylic painting. I also made etchings for many years. One of the many techniques in this printmaking process enables one to draw with a continuous line much like a ball point pen. A brush needs to be “reloaded”. Enjoying this continuous line I developed a method of mixing acrylic paint with medium to achieve a viscosity that could then be squeezed out of a squeeze bottle. I use plastic bottles like the kind used for Ketchup or Mustard. The resulting lines sit on top of the surface and dries with a texture similar to textiles.
I have always been inspired by nature and organic things. Trees, limbs, leaves and branches hit by light have been a favorite topic. These paintings were developed from small sketches of improvised and imagined Trees."