In March the Port Townsend Gallery features
Sally Pfaff and Debbie Harding
Pastel artist, Debbie Harding, invites you to view the joy of nature through her vibrant and emotionally satisfying paintings. Rich with color, her pastel paintings translate her experiences onto paper. “I enjoy capturing the mood of what I experience in nature, through an effective mix of painterly, impressionistic marks, and building drama with carefully placed details and highlights.” For years her pastel paintings have had wide recognition throughout California. Her recent move to the Olympic Peninsula offers her new themes to explore. Debbie is inspired by the amazing beauty that she finds all about her new home with landscapes that have caught the attention of the local community. Images of Harding’s work are part of permanent corporate collections including hospitals specifically chosen for their relaxing and peaceful qualities. Harding’s pastels have appeared in several galleries in California and Tennessee plus receiving numerous awards in juried shows. Debbie Harding’s pastel journey began in 2008, when she changed careers. “I enjoy capturing the mood of what I experience in nature, through an effective mix of painterly, impressionistic marks, and building drama.
Sally Pfaff paints landscape stories using acrylic medium that is diluted to a watercolor consistency, as well as dry brush and viscous (straight out of the tube consistency.) The first layers may be random and spontaneous allowing paint to drip or run. Fast and furious paint strokes can become part of the whole later. In this way layers of color build up in areas that will get painted into, on, or around depending on the need for form or value as the painting transpires. While minding the composition, she also accesses her imagination and visual memory while exploring the use of color and shapes to guide the creative process. She hopes that her paintings transport you to a memorable place that allows one to pause and enjoy the present moment. Sally would love for a viewer to see something new (a detail, shape, splash of color) every time they looked at the same painting. Since moving to Port Townsend in 1991 she has thrived on the beauty and natural surroundings that the Olympic Peninsula has to offer.
The Port Townsend Gallery at 715 Water Street is open from 10 to 5 Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. Please join the artists for the Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, March 2 .