Paintings sold at the PSSC 6th Member's Exhibiton

Congratulations to the artists that sold paintings during this year's PSSC Member's Exhibition.  There were a total of eleven paintings that sold, that is an award in and of itself!

For your enjoyment here is a quick look at some of the pieces that sold.


Into the Hills by Paula Somma

Into the Hills by Paula Somma

Title: “Into The Hills”
Surface: Art Spectrum ColourFix
Pastels: Ludwigs, Unison, Girault

This was inspired by the hills behind my home where I love to hike. My grandparents moved here in the 1940’s making me a 3rd generation resident of San Clemente. My grandfather was a cowboy and worked the ranch and rounded up the cattle in these hills. He built most of the fence line that is now withered and rusted but still stands along the trails in some areas. I think that’s why it’s a special place for me. I look at the ridge line and silhouetted hills and know that is one area that hasn’t changed much since his days out here. I can look out “into the hills” and enjoy much of the same views that he enjoyed.
---Paula Somma

Winter Trees by Anna Yu

Winter Trees by Anna Yu

Title: Winter Trees
Media: pastel. Underpainting, used dry technique with alcohol wash.

I like to see the light and shadows jumping together.
---Anna Yu

Guidance by Dori Dewberry

Guidance by Dori Dewberry

Title: Guidance
8x8 pastel on Uart paper

This is a favorite place for my husband and I to hike. This little scene captures the a moment often seen in Santiago Oaks Regional Park. I loved it because of the light and shadow. The natural terrain lent itself to my painterly and textured application of pastel.
---Dori Dewberry

Abandoned on HWY 395 by Mike Ishikawa

Abandoned on HWY 395 by Mike Ishikawa

Title: Abandoned on HWY 395

I used to pass this old tin building on HWY 395 for years, traveling the highway to ski and fish. It wasn’t until I started painting that the setting for the old building became very interesting and I thought that it would make for a great painting. My wife is sick of me stopping to take another photo of the building. It is located just north of Big Pine and I have taken photos of the site in the fall, summer, and winter. I have painted four paintings of the site since last year, and they have all sold

The painting for this years show is a summer scene, I love the billowy shrubs, the cottonwood trees, and the shadows that are created by the trees against the building. I amplified the colors for the painting, and took the artistic license to install a walkway leading to the building. I am waiting for the next snowfall so I can paint a snow scene.
---Mike Ishikawa

River Bend by Roland Folse

River Bend by Roland Folse

Title: River Bend

Colorado scenes.
--Roland Folse

Mountain Stream by Roland Folse

Mountain Stream by Roland Folse

Title: Mountain Stream
12 x 16

Colorado scenes.
--Roland Folse

Sierra Gold by Fran Nichols

Sierra Gold by Fran Nichols

Title: Sierra Gold

This work is from a fall photo I took at McGee Creek in the Eastern Sierras. I was attracted by the golden backlighting paired with the purple mountain light. My work is a dialogue with the landscape and its colors and light. I discovered that the dark masses of the tree leaves were more important than the flickering highlights in giving the impression of backlighting.
---Fran Nichols

Sunset Cliffs, Pismo Beach by Fran Nichols

Sunset Cliffs, Pismo Beach by Fran Nichols

Title: Sunset Cliffs, Pismo Beach

This pastel painting is about the golden light that occurs close to sunset, what artists call “the Golden Hour”. The warm sunset colors are balanced with the cool shadows.
---Fran Nichols