Light and Shadow by Pat Meras
February 16, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Local artist Pat Meras' Light and Shadow: Landscape Paintings in Soft Pastel conveys an emotional and intuitive response to the mystery and serenity of the landscape in light and shadow. Meras paints from scenes of the Northwest and her travels. Photographs, field studies and memories inform her work in the studio. More drawn by the pattern of light and shadow created by the subject, than by the subject itself, these abstract shapes provide a prominent compositional element in Meras' work.
A Montana native, Meras received her BA in Applied Art from Montana State University, Bozeman which included studies abroad in Italy and the Netherlands. After working in charcoal, colored pencil, watercolor, oil pastel, collage and mixed media printmaking, Meras found pastel to be a wonderful link between drawing and painting. It has been her medium of choice for over 20 years.
While living on a lake near Gig Harbor, water, an ever changing landscape with its dreamy nuances of light became a constant subject to explore. The pastel sticks allow for thick and thin lines, scumbling, deliberate studied strokes and bold gestural mark-making, fostering a passionate poetic language. Working intuitively, with only enough detail to produce the impression that inspired her, Meras hopefully compels the viewer to interpret her work from their own rich pool of memories, impressions and experiences, and in a little different way each time they encounter it. And, of course, it's all about the light.