Now Showing in North Santiam Hall Galleries

 William Shumway in NSH

River Painting

March 2 through April 24, 2015
Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 11, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

William Shumway will exhibit paintings depicting the scenic beauty of Oregon Rivers, including the Metolius, the Rowe, the John Day, the Mary’s and the Willamette. Shumway’s acrylic paintings were created over a period of several years, sometimes painted from a canoe or the air. Artist and teacher, Shumway has taught many landscape painting workshops with fellow painter, Mark Allison, along the Metolius River banks. The artist says this about his work:

"Painting moving, transparent water has always been intriguing to me. It is as close, metaphorically, to the illusive nature of the creative act itself that I can imagine. Capturing an ever-moving, transparent and reflective set of overlapping images with opaque paint can be a mindboggling challenge, to say the least.

Lately, I’ve enjoyed using new tools along with employing interference pigments which further complicate my images with shifting light and color. I use rubber brushes and other scraping devices to spread, blend and remove the paint while it’s still wet. Most of the paintings are completed in a single “wet” session which can be extended by hydrating with a spray bottle. Some images were painted en plein air and others were done in the studio using on-site studies and photography."

His love of painting water continues to this day.


The North Santiam Hall Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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