CANNON BEACH - Oil painter and former Oregon resident Rose Belknap will be the featured artist at Northwest by Northwest Gallery Sept. 14 through Oct. 30.

Known for her colorful interiors and whimsical still lifes, Belknap says the exhibit will offer more than a dozen new pieces. Northwest by Northwest Gallery, who has represented Belknap's work for four years, is an established fine art and craft Oregon Coast gallery that shows Pacific Northwest artists. Gallery manager Joyce Lincoln said, "Rose is a gifted painter who works very hard at her craft and it shows."

"I've always enjoyed painting interiors," said Belknap. "Then with still life, I think of something and go out to find it. Lately, I've taken on the circle shape of a bowl with fruit on a busy background pattern. I also like experimenting with different perspectives. Still life lends itself to hidden meanings and revelations of the inner self. They are a collection of clues and relationships that I am always trying to solve."

Belknap moved to Vashon Island, Wash., from Southern Oregon in 1976 to attend Cornish College of the Arts. Inspired by her mother, who did hand colored photographs, and a neighbor surrogate grandmother, who painted landscapes, Belknap said, "I've always done art, since I was a kid. I had already attended several colleges when a friend told me about Cornish." She graduated from Cornish magna cum laude with a BFA in art and has been painting from her Vashon Island studio ever since.

Belknap has exhibited her work in dozens of galleries throughout the Northwest, in solo and group exhibits, including Patricia Cameron Fine Art in Seattle, who also represents her work. Recent gallery shows include Harbor Gallery in Gig Harbor, Wash., Alder Gallery in Coburg and Commencement Art Gallery in Tacoma, Wash. She has also earned numerous awards for her work.

Belknap said she derives a lot of enjoyment from teaching art. She has been an Artist in Residence on Vashon Island and for Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Wash. Belknap teaches afterschool drawing classes at Vashon's Blue Heron Art Center in addition to giving private art lessons.

"I just plan to paint more. The more time I spend painting, the better I feel. I enjoy it and can't imagine life without painting."

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