For WILD BEAUTY. Fairweather’s November exhibition. Artist/curator Agnes Field.

“Petrichor” by Agnes Field

Mixed media fresco painting on panel

24”x 30”

“I paint what I need to see, with references to nature and poetry.”  AF


Q:  What is the meaning of petrichor, you ask?

A: Pet·ri·chor/ noun means a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.



“Most of the studio is work-in-progress and I consider them emotional totems– indications of expressions under the surface.” AF



I produce mixed media paintings assembled from my surroundings using commonly accessible materials, such as cardboard, wood, plaster and fabric.  The artwork attempts to minimize the boundary between everyday experience and objects.   I have shown work and worked as an artist-in-residence in Finland, Italy (SACI-Florence; NYU-Venice, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida.”  AF




Agnes Field  creates her distinctive art work in an off-the-grid studio on a working farm with her husband high above the Lewis and Clark Road near Seaside. They built their home to be self-sufficient in cooling, electricity, heating, and hot water.


Agnes Field, of native Chinook Indian and Finnish descent, uses non-traditional materials and found objects in paintings attempting to imbue the kind of energy found in leftover artifacts.




Petrichor II by Agnes Field.

Mixed media  fresco painting on panel

24” x 24”

“Meaning is always caught below the surface.” AF



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway


 WILD BEAUTY exhibition

Through Nov. 24th

Featuring NW artists Leopoldine “LEO” Brew, Agnes Field, Patricia Clark-Finley, Dorota Haber-Leligh, Ron Nicolaides, Neal Maine, Jan Rimerman, and Vanessa K. Stokes.


Painting makes the wild beauty of the world more knowable and more mysterious at the same time.”  AF


Oregonian Agnes Field completed her graduate work at New York University and studied at the Pacific NW College of Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, and SACI in Florence, Italy. The award-winning artist has shown nationally and included in shows at the Portland Art Museum, Coos Bay Art Museum, and the Cheney Cowles Museum.

Welcoming  encaustic artist Claudia Fuenzalida Johns.

The strength of WILD BEAUTY lies in the detailed and multivariate perspectives each artist brings showing us a different viewpoint.

They all use WILD BEAUTY as the theme in their work but they use different techniques and the way they see it is distinctively unique.



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