In October the Port Townsend Gallery features Diane Holmes & Nancy Pascoe
In 2005, Diane Holmes came to live and work in Port Townsend from the hustle and bustle of the California Bay Area, "Apple Computer Country" as she likes to call it. Recently retired from Radiology after 45 years, she now has more time to explore and discover new areas of watercolor. Diane is a self-taught watercolorist. Most of her paintings come from either her old sketches and/or photos. Her latest creations come from using the Japanese Sumi-e technique. She loves the free movement and flow of the watercolor paints and Sumi-e ink that work together. Usually in the Sumi-e paintings, rice paper is used, but Diane decided to try it on watercolor paper. It doesn't absorb as much but it works. She is always exploring new techniques. You may see a lot of this free flowing motion in her paintings of koi, elephants and birds. Being self-taught, she says she still has a lot to learn about art, but if it makes people happy, she has accomplished one thing. Diane also gets a lot of her inspiration from the wonderful and incredible subject material the Great Northwest has to offer. But a lot of the credit goes to her husband, family and the people of Port Townsend. Without them, she probably would never have thought about showing her paintings.
Port Townsend bag maker, Nancy Pascoe, delights in creating beautifully designed and crafted pouches and purses for everyday life. She draws inspiration from the patterns and negative space of Japanese woodblock prints, vernacular Northwest architecture, and the indigo and grays of our Puget Sound waters and sky. Her process is akin to the Japanese joinery found in fine hand-built wooden buildings. Every detail is carefully thought through to create a seamless elegance. The exterior fabrics are mostly indigo in color and the interior fabrics are selected to either reflect the outside or to surprise and delight. Nancy often uses fabrics inherited from her mother for the linings and enjoys the multi-generational aspect of seeing their fabrics together. Zippers are metal and an important part of the design. Each piece feels good and is meant to be handled and viewed from all angles.
Many of the purses are hand-quilted using the Japanese style of embroidery called "sashiko." Nancy interprets traditional sashiko patterns to suit the fabric and design. Nancy has spent thousands of hours over a lifetime of hand quilting in the western tradition – the sashiko work is a marriage of East and West.
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, October 5th. For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110 www.porttownsendgallery.com.