GEARHART — Local artist Debbie Loyd will be the main gallery presenter and demonstration artist at the Trail’s End Art Association’s First Saturday Art Walk reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to browse the Trail’s End gallery with an all-new exhibit for the April show, featuring photography, oil painting, acrylic, watercolors, jewelry and more.

Debbie Loyd is a watercolor artist living and working in Astoria. She is also a mother, pastor’s wife, professional counselor and pianist. Loyd began painting within the last 10 to 12 years. She had always admired watercolor, especially the beauty of colors blending on the paper and seeing how shapes can tell part of a story while still leaving part of it for the viewer. She was attracted to the “spontaneity and looseness” of watercolor. Part of the decision to paint watercolor was an attempt to “play a little” and balance the more structured parts of herself.

Loyd enjoys painting different subjects such as flowers, landscapes and barns, but it is portraits that have become her passion. She attended a portrait workshop from well-known artist, Ted Nuttall, which gave her permission to paint portraits in a way that felt right for her. She learned she could paint slowly and carefully while aiming for “planned spontaneity.” Loyd is currently doing portrait commissions.

Loyd has won awards for her watercolor and photography at Trail’s End Art Association. She is also a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and was juried into the society’s last three fall exhibits.

Loyd has a couple of favorite art quotes. One of her fellow watercolorists, Gary Snavely, taught her something that guides her philosophy of painting: ”Art is an expression of reality as seen through the artist’s personality.” A second quote by John Sloan is, “It is an artist’s job to find order in life and leave a record of what interested him—not what he thinks he ought to be interested in.” What you will see in Loyd’s exhibit is what interests her, what she finds beauty in and what speaks to her.

During the art walk, Loyd will provide a discussion of how she develops a painting from the reference to the works in progress. To view more of her paintings, visit www.watercolorsbydebbie.com

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