Harbor History Museum is pleased to host “Summer Expressions,” an exhibit of artwork from four of the most accomplished women painters of Washington. Artwork on display is by Judy Perry, Jeannie Grisham, Patsy O’Connell, and Janice Taylor.
“We are excited to feature these beautiful works of art in our Lobby. The paintings blend bold color and form with subtleties of nature for a perfect summer exhibit,” says Stephanie Lile, museum director.
Here is some of what the artists themselves would like to share about their artwork and inspiration:
The joy in painting for me lies in the process of creating. As soon as I dip my brush in water, load it with the pigment and introduce it to the paper, I’m in a different world. The painting starts with transparent watercolor and continues developing darks while managing to keep the lights. Having recently moved from Bainbridge Island to Gig Harbor, I am continually obsessed with water and things around the water. The feeling of trees and the blues of the water are my inspiration.
Judith Perry was educated at PLU, SUNY/Albany and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her work is representational in both oil and watercolor. Both figure work and landscape emphasize light. She grew up around water and rain in Raymond, Washington and now resides in Tacoma.
“Drawing has always been captivating—seeing the line and shadows led to painting,” Judith says. “Dropping color onto canvas brings energy and passion to my vision of the world.”
My creative work constitutes a promise to myself to continue to explore my heritage while becoming American. I was born in China to Korean parents and lived my early life in Korea until I came to the United State in 1963. I also lived in and traveled to many Asian Pacific countries. Everywhere I have been, I realize there are common threads and universal themes to people’s experiences. I believe that our personal history, cultural backgrounds, and genetic make-up inform who we are as individuals.
The central thrust of my work is to synthesize my cultural experiences to reflect the duality of my personal history. The framework for my visual language is served through the use of cultural icons, patterns, metaphors, and symbolism. Thematically, I try to explore the complexity of life and transitory nature of the human condition.
I loosely base my compositions on that of classical landscape painting with the positioning of forms carefully placed to present a harmonious, balanced, and timeless visual aesthetic. In my palette choices, I explore color combinations that are unexpected in contrast with those found in nature.
These abstract landscapes embody both serenity and instability, resulting in a dreamlike tension from which subjective narratives can be born. I create pieces that consciously allow for open interpretation and multiple perspectives. They reflect a search for meaning in unfamiliar landscapes.