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Gifts of Nature
oil pastel paintings by Stephanie Neely

August 18 - September 7, 2013

Public is invited to the opening reception Friday, August 16, 6-8pm


Public Television interview with the artist.
Read the Warren Times Observer newspaper article on this show. Download PDF.
Sacrifice, oil pastel,10 x 8 Hibiscus, oil pastel,48 x 48 Annunciation, oil pastel, 28 x 22
Stephanie Neely's paintings combine the scale of Georgia O'Keefe with the style of the old masters. Her choice of subject matter as well as her close attention to detail naturally developed from her extensive education in landscape horticulture. Her works are unusually detailed for paintings in this medium. She lets the flowers take on a wide range of compositional turns and color combinations. They are large, bold, and framed by dark backgrounds, lending great value contrast and perhaps a sense of mystery to her art. Glass and ceramics vessels are often included in her paintings, adding deft interpretations of reflections and transparencies.

Besides art and horticulture, Neely studied both religion and law, and a viewer might read into her work these undercurrent structural and spiritual aspects. Ms. Neely is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and holds degrees in Horticulture from North Carolina State University, a Master of Art in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina Law School.

Neely is an active advocate for oil pastel. She discovered oil pastels in 2005 and has used them exclusively since then. She is a signature member of the Oil Pastel Society which dispenses information and promotes the use of the medium to artists. An interesting history of the medium is that Pablo Picasso worked with Henri Sennelier to develop a product which allowed the artist to essentially draw with a painterly freedom. The result was oil pastel, very different from the chalk-based pastels that were available before that. Neely uses Sennelier, Holbein and Caran d'Ache pastels. The renowned Swiss art material maker Caran d'Ache recently used one of Neely's works-in-progress in promotional materials included in their oil pastel sets. Neely is a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York where she was selected as the winner of the Thomas Moran Award in 2011. She is also a member of the International Guild of Realism and an Associate member of the Oil Painters of America.

More information:
artist's website
Oriente, oil pastel,36 x 48