Line, Value & Color, 2017
Karin Clarke Gallery 760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401 541.684.7963 email@example.com
Bets Cole earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and her Master's of Fine Arts at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.Her work is included in the following permanent collections: M & T Investment Group, Baltimore, Maryland,Marathon Coach, Eugene, Oregon, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon,University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
Karin Clarke Gallery is proud to present a gorgeous collection of new work by long-time Eugene painter Bets Cole. This exhibit will display 20 new paintings and drawings created throughout Oregon and the Eastern seaboard. Viewers will enjoy the combination of Cole’s dramatic large-scale, charcoal drawings paired with her smaller-scale, colorful acrylic and gouache paintings. Working in the plein-air tradition, Cole paints with an immediacy and openness that draws the viewer into her personal experience and response to the landscape:
As I paint, nature is not so much subject matter as constant companion. It gifts me with extraordinary light, value, and color, and challenges me as each of those elements changes. I meet this challenge by working gesturally, drawing with a distinctive rhythm and weaving my colors and values in with my line. It is in the activity of mark making and color mixing that my personal narrative evolves. I paint and draw to communicate with the world, through a visual language made up of interlocking shapes, dominance, and congruity.
To keep one’s imagery alive and interesting, an artist must continually develop and acquire skills. Recently I have been intrigued by the importance of value. Over the past few months I have concentrated on scale, light and dark, real and imagined form. Black and white photography has served as a source of inspiration, and gouache has served as a new medium with which to explore this new focus. - Bets Cole, 2017
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