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“Treetops” by Ginger Sanaie — April 10 to June 2

“Trees in Winter”, by Ginger Sanaie, Watercolor, 27 x 23 inches, $600.00

“Trees in Winter”, by Ginger Sanaie, Watercolor, 27 x 23 inches, $600.00

“Treetops”, by Ginger Sanaie, Watermedia, 20 x 17 inches, $300.00

“Treetops”, by Ginger Sanaie, Watermedia, 20 x 17 inches, $300.00

“Spikes”, by inner sanaie, Watercolor, 20 x 17 inches, $300.00

“Spikes”, by inner sanaie, Watercolor, 20 x 17 inches, $300.00

 

Treetops by Ginger Sanaie, will open at the VAS Gallery on Tuesday, April 10 and be on display through Saturday, June 2.    Ginger Sanaie is a local artist who works in water media on paper, board, and canvas.  She has traveled widely and has studied painting with many well-known, contemporary artists.  Her recent series entitled “Treetops” reflects that broad experience. Ginger will be recognized at the the VAS Art Center reception at 7pm April 12.

Artist Statement:

Most artists have favorite subjects, and I am no exception. Recently I have been working on a series of paintings with a common subject: trees. My trees are recognizable but not realistic.

Trees involve both landscape and figuration. Trees can be, in fact, very similar to large figures. Trees are like people in that no two are exactly alike. Variations abound, from dwarf to giant, and there is an endless variety from stately firs, to flowering fruit trees, to seaside palms, to comforting oaks and maples. Trees can be any color of the rainbow, and tree paintings can even have moods, such as happy, sad or thoughtful. All trees are beautiful to me, no matter the season, and no matter their age. Trees can even be interesting and beautiful after they die.

My tree paintings all begin by paying attention to a particular tree. I may draw a quick sketch, or take a photo with my trusty iphone. If I do take a photo, I will not feel compelled to be realistic. It’s a lot more fun to use a photo only as a jumping off point.

I prefer an experimental approach to painting, and I like to engage the viewer by creating some ambiguity. As for color, there are no rules. I might use bright, intense color or I might use subdued, quiet color. The goal, always, is to create an interesting work that may inspire others to pay attention to the trees they see every day.

The next Gallery Hanging Exchange is Sunday, June 3 at 1:00 pm. Please reply to this email with your painting or photo information (title, medium and price) no later than Wednesday, May 30 so tags and the inventory sheet may be produced before Sunday.

 

Libby Eckert will be the featured artist.