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"Paintings by Doug and Sheryl Dawson And Alabaster Stone by William Pickerd"
2006-08-01 until 2006-08-31
Lawrence Gallery Salishan
Gleneden Beach, OR, USA United States of America

Lawrence Gallery Salishan features paintings by Doug and Sheryl Dawson and Alabaster Stone by William Pickerd from August 1 to 31, 2006. Artists Doug and Sheryl Dawson are on their third careers. They had each been police officers and then lawyers before they became professional artists. Since then they have both become accomplished painters in their own right and are have followings of private collectors. William Pickerd began his artistic career as a woodworker. After graduating from Black Hills State College he taught cabinet making, furniture making and carpentry for over 35 years. Utilizing his skills with the wood lathe, he turned to alabaster to satisfy his soul's creative needs.

Doug Sawson was a self-taught artist and began drawing and painting Oregon landscapes while he was on business trips. He has won numerous awards. Dawson had the distinction just three years after he began painting of winning simultaneous "Best of Show" awards in both the art and the photography competitions at the Marion County Fair in Salem, Oregon. In 1977, he took several art courses from Eileen Howell, a nationally known artist recognized for her work in colored pencil. While studying under Howell, Dawson was introduced to charcoal, but later began working in pastel, which seemed to be a color extension of the properties evident in charcoal. He has been working in pastel, ever since.

Doug Dawson has sold numerous pieces to private collectors as well as though galleries. His work is displayed permanently in public buildings and after winning two awards in an attorney art competition in 1997; he had a number of paintings displayed in the Marion County Courthouse. After Doug's father died, and Sheryl Dawson's position with U.S. Bancorp faced elimination after a corporate merger, the Dawsons reevaluated their situation. Sheryl's interest in critiquing art had evolved and she was now painting herself, so the couple set up a home studio for two. Ever since, they have been painting side-by-side, concentrating on Oregon landscapes and seascapes in acrylic and pastels. Sheryl has gained her own reputation for her outstanding miniatures.

In his vessels, William Pickerd works towards minimalism. He turns the piece so that the walls are very thin, allowing the veins to become accentuated, especially when lit. The vessels then paint their own scenes of mystery and drama from the past.

Pickerd was born in Northeast Wyoming, but his restless spirit has led him from Wyoming to South Dakota to Arizona and finally to Oregon. He finds inspiration in the Great Northwest and now lives in Springfield, Oregon with his wife and two children.

Sheryl Dawson
Summer Repose
  H 19in x W 23in  

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