Norma will be painting in the Courtyard Cabin at the Clearwater Gallery at 303 West Hood Avenue.
Setting up the easel in nature, contemplating a painting, exploring the sights, sounds and scents, while getting into the “zone”. This is the painter Norma Holmes’ great escape. Will the focus be on the land escape, floral escape, water escape, or city escape? How does one interpret the silence of the High Desert, the sound of smooth water, the brilliance of Indian Paintbrush? It is all about painting on location, escaping into the “zone”. Back in the studio, the memories accompany Norma as the great escape into the painting is recreated.
“I was born in Carmel, California. I recall at a very young age, sleeping on a daybed in my Grandparents dining room. I was surrounded by paintings hanging on the dark paneling. The paintings were all painted by my Grandpa, Augustus Pixley.
Later in life, my Mother related to me how her family spent their summers in Cascadia, Oregon. Grandpa would paint for the entire summer on the Santiam River. Upon returning to the Monterey Peninsula he would resume his successful trade as a painting contractor, well known for his creativity with color.
In 1991, I too packed up my easel and headed for the Northwest, settling in Sisters, Oregon to paint the grandeur and beauty of the High Desert.”
Holmes is a Signature Member of the Northwest Pastel Society and a juried member of the Pastel Society of America. Other affiliations include the American Women Artists and the American Impressionist Society.
Her talent has been highlighted in many publications including American Art Collector 2013, Southwest Art 2011, and many times in The Pastel Journal. The Central Oregon media has published Norma’s story in the Arts and Entertainment Magazine, The Bend Bulletin, and the Sisters Nugget News.
Land Escapes, A Painted Journey on Oregon's Eastside is at the printer, thanks to the generosity of Kickstarter backers. It has 192 pages with original art, including five hand-painted maps, so that you can follow Norma’s journey to the painting sites. She’s even included tips on restaurants and lodging in each area of central and Eastern Oregon.
The 8 x 8-inch book has a Smith sewn binding to lay flat. It’s a gorgeous painted travel guide, an entertaining coffee table book, and a fantastic gift.
To learn more about Norma, her work, and upcoming events, we encourage you to visit her website.
Driving Directions to my “Pop-Up Studio” in the Courtyard at:
303 West Hood Avenue, Sisters, OR 97759:
• From Cascade, South on
• Right on E. Black Butte Ave.
• Right on N. Maple Lane..
• My studio is the second house on the right..