Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Crossroads Carnegie
Art Center

Bold Strokes

Bold Strokes

These pastel drawing reflect the picturesque atmosphere of the beautiful Eastern Oregon with warm tones and layered colors. Boisterous light emphasizes the undulating hills and rugged mountain scenes. These drawings are rich in color, soothing to the eye and mind, Carriere has managed to capture light and shadow in such a way as to a gentle nature without causing it to lose energy and vitality. Focusing on the vast and versatile panoramas the viewer can enjoy the spectacular views and perspectives of Eastern Oregon from the gallery of Crossroads Carnegie Art Center. "My basis for compositions is most often about shapes and repeating lines rather than 'scenes.' My impetus to paint comes from an emotional response to landscapes, especially how light dramatizes them. I was struck by the immediacy of working in pastels and how that lent itself to working in a loose, quick way. The colors were so vibrant and exciting to mix directly on the paper, and there was such a satisfying tactility to the process. It surprises me now, that though I had an eye and skill when young, I did not think I had enough creativity to prioritize making art. Now there's never enough time for all I want to paint. Northeast Oregon holds endless inspiration." -Antonia Carriere