Lucy Warnick Guest Exhibit
Lucy Warnick was born in the Chicago area. She began her art education at the University of Illinois before moving to the northwest. Then, she studied at Oregon State University under Nelson Sandgren. Sandgren, introduced Lucy to painting outdoors, which is still the foundation of her work.
Lucy received a BFA in painting from the University of Oregon in 1974. She has worked as a teacher and arts administrator in Southern Oregon and Houston, Texas, as well as exhibiting her work throughout the country.
About her work, Lucy tells us, “I love painting the natural world. My focus is light, movement and color whether my subject is landscape, still life, the figure, or abstraction. Long days spent in new or familiar places fuel my imagination. In my studio I begin new paintings or re-work images by adding texture and layers. The energy and struggle of my exploration is essential to my process.
“The pleasure of painting on location is enhanced by joining like-minded painters who are also ecstatic at the prospect of painting in remarkable landscapes, watching nature change all around us. Each year I join a group of painters at the coast. I first painted with many of them when I joined Nelson Sandgren’s painting class at Oregon State University in 1971. We brave the elements, engage in conversation about each other’s work and laugh with the joy and mess of it all. Nelson’s son Erik Sandgren now heads up the group. Erik provides structure by sending out the itinerary of sites where we meet. This yearly adventure at the central Oregon coast has been a big factor in my development as a painter.
“I am often drawn to rivers in Oregon for subject matter. There are magical places that I have returned to in all seasons over many years. I am happy to include some of these paintings as a tribute to the Applegate and Rogue Rivers at Art Presence Art Center.”
View our Lucy Warnick Guest Exhibit on the back wall of the gallery every Thursday–Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm from August 2 through September 13.