Out-of-towners seem to always associate Washington’s landscapes with rainstorms and shadowy forests. And while their presumptions are in part true, the people who love it here see color in every step. Like the way our streams light up under the sun, our vibrant sunsets over purple mountains, the bright green needles that grow at the ends of our ancient pines trees every spring. Color is everywhere in the Northwest and Cle Elum artist, Kathleen Woodward, captures its vibrant beauty with graceful brushstrokes. “Woodward reaches her audiences with a colorful optimism that is grounded in technique,” her website explains. Woodward took a 15 year hiatus from painting to raise her family. Now, she’s back with a new point of view that’s impressing crowds.
See her work at her solo show June 13-16 at Ryan James Gallery in Bellevue.