For OUTSIDE INTERESTS. Romantic painter Susan Romersa and impressionist Sharon Johnson.

“After the Storm” oil on canvas by Susan Romersa

“Ship in the Mist” oil on canvas by Susan Romersa

For OUTSIDE INTERESTS, Fairweather’s August exhibition, Susan Romersa wrote that she painted landscapes in the style of J.M.W. Turner.

Q:  What is the painting style of J.M.W. Turner, you ask?

A: J.M.W. Turner, the English 19th-century painter is known for his interest in sublime landscapes. He is seen as a pioneer of Romanticism.  Turner received his formal studies at the Louvre and found inspiration in landscape painting. He began sketching in oils while outdoors—a new technique that would eventually be adopted by the Impressionists. This shift in focus culminated in compositions that blended sublime views of nature and championed Romanticism, a movement that rejected traditional perspectives on painting.

“The Blue Rigi, Sunrise” by J.M.W. Turner

“A master in landscape and marine painting, J.M.W. Turner challenged the style of the old masters, trailblazing in technique and subject matter, Turner often shocked his contemporaries with his loose brushwork and soft color palette while portraying the development of the modern world unlike any other artist at the time.”

Susan Romersa, after a long history in Las Vegas Advertising and Public Relations, moved to the Oregon coast to be closer to family. She enjoys photography, writing, and painting. Oregon is an amazing place for photography and Susan is planning to get out in nature and expand her work, and to continue her oil painting. In addition, after many years of study, Susan became ordained as a Minister of Religious Science in 2005. Susan has continued her work in publicity here in the Seaside area.

Artist Susan Romersa lectured at the opening reception of OUTSIDE INTERESTS at Fairweather House and Gallery.

“Landscape I” oil on canvas by  Sharon Kathleen Johnson

“Landscape II” oil on canvas by Sharon Kathleen Johnson

“Pink Clouds” oil on canvas by Sharon Kathleen Johnson

Sharon Kathleen Johnson.

About the artist:

After a long hiatus to raise a family and having a career, Sharon Kathleen Johnson has returned to her first love, oil painting.  She studied Languages, Art, and Music at Reed College, Portland, OR and Portland State University, Portland, OR.  Sharon went Seaside High School and lives in Seaside, Oregon. Sharon plays the violin and the piano. Favorite quote:

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but only that which confers grace.”

For OUTSIDE INTERESTS, Seaside artist Sharon Kathleen Johnson has painted landscapes in the Impressionist style.

Q: What is the Impressionist style of painting, you ask?

A: Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), and ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s.

Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh/1877

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

located in the Historic Gilbert Block Building

August 3-25 Exhibition

OUTSIDE INTERESTS featuring local painters and artisans hugely impressed with the wide-open, majestic vistas of the Pacific Northwest. Selected art, new original work, conveys nature’s shifting moods, with no human presence visible. Artists include Paul Brent, Melissa Jander, Sharon Kathleen Johnson, Bev Drew Kindley, Martha Lee, Gretha Lindwood, Ron Nicolaides, Susan Romersa and Dale J. Veith.

Painting in the style of an Impressionist, the artist Sharon Kathleen Johnson captures the momentary and transient effects of sunlight. She portrays overall visual effects instead of details, and uses short  brush strokes of mixed and pure unmixed color—not blended smoothly or shaded,—to achieve an effect of intense color vibration.

Welcoming new artists oil painter Vicky Combs-Snider and glass artist Christine Downs to the gallery.

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