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Artist Jerry Balcom


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The Artist Says:


I'm fascinated with the emotional power of color. Although strong composition, a clearly defined value scheme and attention to edge probably contribute more to a successful painting, the intensity and complexity of its color scheme is what grabs my heart.  I'm also drawn to the exceptional beauty of the everyday scene. My hope is that my work will strike a chord of remembrance in the viewer. When people see my work, I’d like them to feel the sunshine on their backs, hear the birds on the wind or smell the first summer rain on a dry field.




Biography


   Late in 2002, Jerry picked up his first paint brush in over three decades and began an exploration of his second life-work. He enrolled in his first watercolor workshop in the spring of 2003, and in the summer of 2004 he began to take workshops in (and experience the pigment-on-the-hands intimacy of) pastel painting. In both mediums, Jerry is primarily drawn to the dynamic light and dramatic colors of landscape painting and painting on location whenever possible. 
 Jerry has studied watercolor and pastel painting with a number of nationally recognized artists including Ilse Reimnitz, William Hewson, Nancy Taylor Stonington, Teresa Saia, Richard McDaniel, Susan Ogilvie, Lorenzo Chavez and Richard McKinley. Jerry is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society. 
 Jerry’s work has been shown in Northwest Pastel Society and Northwest Watercolor Society shows, at the the Tacoma Art Museum, Heron’s Nest, Blue Heron and Silverwood Galleries on Vashon, at several Barnworks Studio Tours and at the Waterworks Gallery.  Several of his works have sold at  Vashon Allied Arts Auctions, the Barnworks, the Heron’s Nest and Blue Heron Galleries, the Hardware Store Restaurant and through private sales.
 Artist’s Statement: “Although I’ve come to the world of visual arts relatively late in life, I paint from a lifetime of observing the beauty and energy of the natural world, and from a belief that each day can hold new and amazing discoveries. I'm also drawn to the exceptional beauty of the everyday scene. If I’m not painting on location, I try to begin each piece by first remembering the sound, scent and feeling of the location that I’m trying to recreate. I'm fascinated with the emotional power of color. Although strong composition, a clearly defined value scheme and attention to edge probably contribute more to a successful painting, the intensity and complexity of its color scheme is [...]

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