“My artistic goal is to convey my varied emotional reactions to the visual beauty and drama of the natural world in a kind of language in paint, and to share those experiences in this way with others,” says Jolyn. She believes that she does that best through plein air (outdoor) painting in oils. Jolyn often uses those plein air studies, memory and sometimes photographs to enlarge upon a plein air piece, or to develop it further, in the studio. She generally paints in the northwestern United States and Baja Sur, Mexico, with occasional excursions elsewhere.
When Jolyn is outside painting, she tends to first complete one to three small sketches, including a notan (black and white) study, and then paint two or more very small, or thumbnail, color studies -- as needed to plan for the results she seeks. She frequently tones the canvas or gessoed panel, draws in the composition with a thin brush, and then rubs out the light areas of the painting surface. Her next step is to lay down the values with hues, within the masses of the composition, working dark to light. She says she tries to paint in the values and hues to show the outdoor light as closely as possible. She paints most thinly the parts of the composition that are darker and those that are furthest away. She often most chooses a palette of earth tones (naturalistic), or one that’s impressionistic (complimentary colors), but says she likes using expressionistic colors at times too. Her palette is very limited for plein air work to keep the process as simple as possible, making a finished painting manageable before losing the light or the light shifting too much.
Jolyn is a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), the American Impressionist Society (AIS) and Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA) with whom she often paints throughout the state. She studied primarily with teacher and mentor, Mitch Albala, Gage Academy of Art and Pacific NW Art School. Jolyn also studied with Charles Emerson, Camille Przewodek, Pam Ingalls, Jim Lamb, Ken Roth, Sandra Power, Derek Buckner, James Moore, Kathryn Stats and others. A few years ago, she attended the Marchutz School of Drawing and Painting, Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France. Jolyn minored in Art in college.
Jolyn’s work has been shown in multiple venues, most recently at Mango’s Galeria in Mexico and Gallery North in Edmonds, WA. Watch for her work in local art festival competitions, PAWA exhibitions and other summer art venues.
I occasionally teach. I'll be holding two free plein air workshops for Gallery North in Edmonds, Washington, related to the annual "Beauty of the Northwest" plein air and studio painting competitions and gallery show. Join us at Marina Beach in Edmonds, 650 Admiral Way South, Saturday and Sunday, July fifth and sixth, from 10am to 1pm. All levels are welcome.