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Here’s Looking At You – By Wendy Bowers Lam
May 1 @ 12:00 pm - May 28 @ 12:00 pm
Smith House Galleries Virtual Exhibition, May 2020 This collection of animal paintings uses vivid colors and a whimsical style to express each individual portrait. My husband Dale and I hiked St. Cuthbert’s Walk, a 62 mile hike through the borderlands between Scotland and England, in June of 2018 when life was safe for travel. I was fascinated with the sheep, cows, and horses we encountered hiking across fields and through quaint villages. I photographed many animal faces with a special interest in their expressive eyes. Their eyes exhibit emotions, curiosity, appraisal, and compassion. Upon returning home, I discovered a newfound passion: painting animals. My animals don’t merely look; they engage you. The paintings express joy, curiosity, and a sense of wonder with bold colors and textures in multiple layers of oil paint. I continue to photograph animals in the Shenandoah Valley seen while running Dry River Road through Dayton, driving, or visiting the Rockingham County Fair. The paintings reflect our rural history, current community of farm- to- table growers, and memories of landscapes encountered in daily life. I also enjoy painting landscapes, floral and still life paintings. I belong to the Co Art Gallery in Staunton, Virginia. I exhibit in a variety of juried shows throughout the state. I serve as an instructor for watercolor and drawing classes through JMU’s Lifelong Learning Institute. Thank you for viewing this collection. Click on each image for size and pricing. To purchase, email email@example.com; be sure to mention the title(s) you’re interested in, and provide a daytime phone number. An Arts Council of the Valley staff member will contact you shortly for credit card information.