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Jolyn Wells-Moran Fine Art
I’m pleased to introduce myself and my work to you. I’ve been painting for most of my life, although just in the past few years have had the opportunity for intense exploration and discovery of my own artistic direction. Thanks to excellent training and long hours at this labor of love, my plein air landscape oils are increasingly strong in composition, values and color.
Although Monet has always been my favorite painter -- and I’m certainly not alone in this -- I’d have to say that it has been my instructors and my mentor who’ve largely influenced my work. The teachers and artists who’ve most influenced me are: my mentor, Mitchell Albala, landscape painter and inspirational instructor who also teaches at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle and the Northwest Art School in Coupeville, WA; Kathryn Stats, a master oil painter from Texas; James Moore, oil painter at Coupeville, WA; Camille Przewodek, an oil painter who follows the traditions of the Cape School of Art and teaches the skill of seeing and painting hues with values at her northern California studio; and Ken Roth, an Oregon oil painter who convincingly surprises with his sense of vigorous abstraction within realism and is also a fine teacher. I’ve had other exceptional instructors as well, including at the Marchutz School, International Institute for American Universities.
My aim is first for a skeletal structure in each painting for the purpose of robust shapes and composition. Then, I focus on creating realistic values and hues that show outdoor light as it’s actually perceived in nature. I also consider varying color temperatures that breathe life into a painting and the inclusion of unexpected nonrepresentational features in much of my work. Strong drawing, paint mixing, a practiced visual perception and varied brush work are needed for credible landscape oils.
I would be glad to answer any questions you may have and thank you for taking time to see and read about my art.
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Pescadero Meets Play San Pedrito Petrified Boat 10" x 8"
Oil on canvas panel Oil on gesso board
Contemplation 20" x 16" Splash 10" x 12"
Oil on gesso board Oil on gesso board
Jolyn Wells-Moran, Plein Air Oil Painter
Bio and Artist's Statement
I believe we each have a true nature -- a totally comfortable and joyful resting place that connects with all other living things -- beneath our sense of self, and that there are a few ways to connect with that. I sense it most when painting within and of the natural world, en plein air, focused on the moment in nature. My artistic aim is to share that connection with the natural world as richly as I perceive it.
When I paint, I first focus on the internal structure of the large shapes in the outdoor scene and translate them in pencil, marker or charcoal onto paper, as necessary for a good composition. I often do three to ten small sketches before painting. At this stage, I also consider what type of palette I’ll use and the inclusion of unexpected nonrepresentational features in much of my work. I sometimes do one or more thunbnail sketches in paint on paper to determine my color direction. I then quickly lay down the values with hues in the masses. The values and hues must show outdoor light as it’s actually perceived. I proceed to modeling and some detail. I occasionally finish a plein air painting in the studio, but always try to maintain the freshness of plein air. I’ve also used plein air sketches and small plein air studies to develop larger pieces in the studio.
I've studied with Camille Przewodek, Petaluma, CA, a colorist, who learned from the late Henry Hensche (http://henryhenschefoundation.org/) at the Cape School of Art; Ken Roth, an Oregon artist I admire particularly for his skill in identifying the essential forms he then paints with vigor; Sandra Power, a Seattle-based still-life realism artist; James Moore, a Whidbey Island artist with strong sense of color and light; and Mitch Albala, Gage Academy of Art. A few years ago, I attended the Marchutz School of Drawing and Painting, Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France for eight weeks and I minored in Art in college. My work has been shown at the annual Arts and Nature Festival, Magnolia Arts Festival, Seattle Artist's Gallery, Lombardi's Cucina, Walking on Water Gallery and Crow Valley Pottery on Orcas Island. My series, "Three months of Plein Air in Baja Sur," was featured in a solo show at Art on the Ridge in Seattle, May of 2012 and as part of Plein Air Edmonds/Beauty of the Northwest at Gallery North for the month of August, 2012.
Member, American Impressionist Society
Member, Plein Air Washington Association
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