TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES
1st Friday Gallery Tour
"Sharon Weiser: Desert Devotion"
Opening Reception Friday, June 5, 2015, 5-8 PM
|“Desert Garden #16” by Sharon Weiser, 30”h x 40”w, Oil on Canvas.
This month the spotlight is on an artist whose bold, inventive cactus paintings continue to capture collectors’ attention. With distinct colorations as her hallmark Sharon Weiser paints cacti and desert flowers in dramatically close-up compositions, in colors more imaginative than real. Weiser paints in oils or acrylics on canvas and generally begins by photographing our dramatic desert flora to capture every detail with accuracy before re-grouping her elements into uniquely tight compositions. A painting may focus on a dramatic blossom or may be richly populated with a variety of cactus types, each presented in colors that accentuate every subtle shade the eye sees. Sharon Weiser’s canvases pulsate with desert life; the artist’s devotion to our singular landscape evidenced in every brushstroke.
“I believe her colors are the element that draws most of her collectors in,” notes Gallery Owner Peggy Lanning. “There are several different palettes she works in. Once the color catches a viewer’s eye they see the great detail: the thorns, the fruit, the flowers and crowns.” Her paintings range in size from small to quite large.
Weiser’s unique and complex compositions not only capture her artistic devotion and expertise but capture the accolades of clients and critics alike; she has won many awards including those from American Artist and The Artist's Magazine. Sharon Weiser is a juried member of the Arizona Artists Guild, Sonoran Arts League and the Scottsdale Artists League; Weiser taught in the Art and Design Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for two years and has conducted workshops for over 25 years in Wisconsin, Arizona and New Mexico.
"Sharon Weiser: Desert Devotion” runs through June 14.
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