Provincetown Moors by Karen Ueberwasser
10.5 x 14.5
As a child I was given oil paint sets for gifts. My father was a hobby painter and I learned the joys of painting by simply copying from books – mostly about horses.
As time passed, I enjoyed looking at the paintings of the European masters and the modern artists, continuing to learn by copying my favorites. I went to college as an art history and art major although my focus became very specific studying advanced degrees at the University of Chicago in Chinese art, language and culture. Moving to the midwest was a huge step for this New Yorker!
Over the years living on the North Shore of Chicago I participated in photography classes and became a very devoted photographer and printer. These were the years of film and darkroom development. I also enjoyed life drawing and watercolor classes just for fun. Many years passed when I had the opportunity to study with watercolorist Carol Curtis in the Nashville area where I was living for awhile. I so very much enjoyed picking up the brush again and learning new and exciting ways of painting. I moved to Northern CA to join family and for two years attended classes at Stanford (Yvette Deas, John Peck, Bobbi and Chan Lim) in life drawing, painting and Chinese painting. I was inspired to attempt oil painting as it had been a very long time since those childhood adventures. At that time I also attended life drawing sessions at the Triton Museum in San Jose. Later I had instruction with Ray Mendieta, local artist of the CA School.
My family started vacationing in Truro when I was a pre-teen and I continued to do so with my own children visiting where my parents retired in North Truro. I have a long love of Cape Cod and feel most at home walking the beaches, exploring the galleries and the many trails and walks along the shores of the bay and ocean beaches. I learned about the Cape School of Art from Lauren Byrne, artist, as well as student and administrator for the school. Lauren introduced me to Hilda Neily which was a highlight after many years visiting Hilda’s gallery and admiring her work, so imagine how excited I was to practice with Hilda. I have also painted with Lauren at the Cape School studio and the Open Studio on MacMillan Pier, and John Clayton out and about, also known as plein air painting.
What pleases me most about painting Cape scenes is discovering the sense of place. Love what you do, along with the place and it comes through in the process. Although I produce in various materials and subjects, the scenes of the Cape are a reflection of a long history of family, fun and a big love.
I encourage all who read this statement to join us for a class and experience for yourself the process of painting and seeing this place in a new and delightful light. ENJOY! KU 2022
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