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Featured Artist: Kelly Sooter
The Schack Shop is thrilled to feature the work of artist Kelly Sooter through December 2013.
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Artist Statement: Kelly Sooter
It only took 25 years to realize I'm a landscape artist. Frequent travels across Washington State as a young girl instilled in me a love of diverse landscapes - aired desert, snowcapped mountains and lush green valleys. I paint in the "Tonalist Style" - of James Whistler and George Innes of the late 1800's. Tonalist paintings are known for their toned palette and atmospheric look - appearing almost moody or broody - yet peaceful.
I have had a classic European art education, spending 20+ years studying under some of Europe's finest artists - including 9 years under Slava Letkov, Artist Emeritus of Russia, Misha Lebedev, and Sergi Terentiev, Professor at the Fedoskino School of Art in Russia. I also completed a 15 year apprenticeship under Bjorg Kleivi, a renowned Norwegian artist with whom I painted many of the 96 panels for a 6-year church renovation in Burien, WA.
In 2011, during a trip to Laguna Beach, CA, my artistic journey took a major change in style and medium - from intricate European florals painted with gouache and acrylic to broody tonalist landscapes created with texture and oil. That brief trip ignited a quest to create landscapes that are reflective of the love I have for the West Coast. I know that I'm finally "home" artistically.
Each work of art uses at least four coats of oil paint - some over texture, to achieve luminosity and depth. The sky and water colors come from stone ground Old Holland Paint - one of the oldest paint companies in the world.