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From The Studio of Stacey Pollard

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Meet our new artist, Stacey Pollard!  Her paintings usually involve landscape, either as a study of shapes and compositions or of structures in the landscape.  Since moving to Seattle, Stacey has been drawn to the varied architecture and light of the Pacific Northwest.  Her paintings start with photographs as reference, and she quickly edits the composition, adding layers and materials. Building up the textures and glazes is an exciting process for her every time!  Stacey likes to walk the line between an accurate depiction of what she saw and a more emotional reading of the scene.

What do you do when you get to the studio in the morning?

I stop on the way and get my coffee–have to have it in my hand even if I don’t drink it.  Then I turn up the heat and get my playlist going.

“Evening Reflection”

How many paintings do you work on at a time?

I usually have two or three going at once, all at different stages.

Do you have a dream project that you would like to work on?

Not really–I’m having fun with what I’m doing now.

If you could paint with anyone, who would it be?

I would have to go back in time to hang out in Richard Diebenkorn’s studio–I’ve always admired his work.

What’s your favorite way of generating ideas and inspiration?

I take photos when I’m out and about–whatever scene catches my eye.  Then I take them back to the studio to find the shapes and compositions–different ideas appeal to me at different times.  Once I get a painting started, I put the photo away and just refer to the painting itself–that’s when the really exciting stuff happens.

How has your art evolved over time?

I started out as a painter and printmaker–I think my paintings are similar to the collagraph plates I used to make.  I still like to layer on the textures and colors.  The subject matter has changed a bit, but they still start with something representational, and then I abstract them.


What do you like most about your work?  

I like that they are interesting to look at up close and interesting to see from far away.  The texture is fun to create, and the layers of glazes and brushwork also seem to hold up.

What is one word that best describes your style? 

Abstract landscape–not one word but that is the best I can do!

Is there an idea you would like to explore?

I’m always looking for the next great composition–one that really resonates when I see it.  Those are the unforgettable images or scenes I know I have to paint.

What is your favorite time of day to paint?


I like to paint in the afternoon.

Do you ever get “stuck” on a piece?  If so, what do you do?

Of course!  When I can see it starting to happen, I have to set it aside and let it simmer for a while.  Sometimes I just have to give up and start over, but then again some of my best pieces were saved at the last minute!

What is up next on your easel?

I’m working on three pieces at the moment–I’ve been experimenting with underpainting and some different textures.  It’s hard to take my time on these–I’ve got so many ideas I want to try!

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